Walking around Stamford can be tricky, resident Kenny Alebiosu says.
However, Wednesday the city launched the Stamford Street Smart initiative.
The public safety campaign's goal is keeping pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers safe on the roads by asking everyone to be "street smart." Whether you're behind the wheel or walking in the cross walk, officials want you to stay alert and not be distracted.
This year, there were three pedestrian fatalities in Stamford -- more than the city's experienced in years.
Now, they're adding new signage and taking on other projects, partnering with Stamford's engineering department, board of education and police department. Some of the engineering projects include:
1. Reviewing all intersections to ensure signage is clearly mounted and visible for drivers and pedestrians
2. Improving crosswalk visibility throughout the city
3. Synchronizing the city’s traffic signals
4. Supporting the implementation of a Complete Streets Ordinance.
The city is working with the Board of Education and Health Department to educate residents and students on pedestrian, driver and cyclist safety.
As part of the Street Smart Initiative, police will be cracking down on jaywalking and focusing on school bus safety. Police also kicked off a state-led distracted driving campaign today.