It’s probably no surprise that Montgomery County has designated downtown Bethesda as a “High Incidence Area” for pedestrian collisions.
As part of the county Department of Transportation’s effort to improve pedestrian safety, it’s looking to grow its group of local residents who act as volunteers in spreading the word about what to do and what not to do when walking along Bethesda’s crosswalks.
MCDOT officials Jeff Dunckel and Joana Conklin sent a letter to Bethesda neighborhood letters last week asking for their help in recruiting people to promote their message through social media and volunteering when they set up at events such as Strut Your Mutt on May 17.
MCDOT also asked for the chance to come and speak at resident meetings and to get connected with local PTAs and school administrators to partner on pedestrian safety education for kids.
The county’s Pedestrian Safety Initiative is working with students at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School through a grant program.