Connecticut Children’s Program Attains State Grant To Further Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Efforts

For Immediate Release: December 9, 2019
Media Contact:

Monica Buchanan, Director of Communications
(352) 219-0860

HARTFORD, CONN. – Each year, about 1,500 pedestrians and 550 bicyclists are hit by cars on Connecticut roadways, leading to serious injuries and fatalities. Watch for Me CT, which is part of Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center, will continue its efforts to reduce those numbers under a new grant from the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT).

Under the nearly $350,000 grant, the Watch for Me CT program will work to reduce injuries and fatalities through a statewide campaign aimed at increasing the overall visibility of pedestrian and bicycle safety issues through public service messages, community engagement activities and educational programs.

The Watch for Me CT program also provides educational materials to elected officials, pedestrian and bicycle advocates, city planners, law enforcement agencies, engineers, public health professionals, the media, parents and educators.

“We are very excited to continue the work that has been done so far to create awareness about pedestrian and bicycle safety in Connecticut,” said Amy Watkins, Watch for Me CT Program Coordinator. “We thank the DOT for their continued support of our efforts to reduce injuries and fatalities by raising awareness about important safety precautions.”

The DOT has supported this program since 2017.

“The DOT’s Highway Safety Office is very happy to continue our partnership with Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center on the Watch for Me CT program,” said Michael Whaley, Program Manager at the DOT. “Reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities involving non-motorized road users is a major priority for the Highway Safety Office, and the continued expansion of the Watch for Me CT program will bring this safety message to more and more communities in Connecticut.”

Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center is a program of Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health, which works to strengthen children, families, physician practices and communities to promote children’s optimal health, development and well-being.

About Connecticut Children’s
Connecticut Children’s is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children and ranked one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and a Magnet® designated hospital. Connecticut Children’s provides more than 30 pediatric specialties along with community-based programs to uniquely care for the physical, social, and emotional needs of children. Our team of pediatric experts and care coordinators bring access to breakthrough research, advanced treatments for both rare and common diseases, and innovative health and safety programs to every child. Connecticut Children’s is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve access to healthcare for all children through convenient locations, care alliances and partnerships.

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