Wednesday, December 19, 2012

BikeWalkLee awarded Injury Prevention Program/Outreach Effort of the Year

BikeWalkLee was honored to receive an award from one of its coalition partners, the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition (IPC).  Thanks to IPC for being part of the complete streets campaign in Lee County!  Congratulations to all the organizations and individuals honored today.
BikeWalkLee members accepting award (L to R) Steve Rodgers, Darla Letourneau, and Dan Moser (also with IPC)

2012 Annual Awards
Injury Prevention Program / Outreach Effort of the Year

What began as an effort by a number of community members to change a policy that one of our transportation departments had in place has turned out to be a nationally recognized effort to improve for all users the safety and accessibility of our public streets. Many hours are spent by the core Steering Committee members attending and serving on numerous committees and boards; researching and developing reports and data for use by transportation and community planners; and keeping both the public and government officials informed through many different media.  Of course, as is the case with IPC, partnerships are the key to BWL’s success.
As a result of BWL’s work since its inception in 2009, major changes in the way our local governments design our roads and determine land use and development strategies have come about, thanks to buy-in from elected officials, management, and staff.  Their efforts are as important as ever, considering key champions in leadership positions are no longer in their roles.  As well, not all local governments – nor our state DOT - have fully embraced the concept of “complete streets”, so there’s still much work to do for it to become the norm.      
The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition (IPC) is a multi-disciplinary coalition of approximately 100 private and public organizations focused on reducing and preventing injuries among Lee County residents and visitors. For more information on IPC, visit their website.

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