The workshop had 3 objectives:
- Learn about the latest pedestrian safety and walkability best practices to inform strategies for Pasadena;
- Develop consensus pedestrian safety priorities and actionable next steps for Pasadena; and
- Foster an open and collaborative relationship between community groups.
Many attended the event due to shared desire to make walking an even more joyful experience in Pasadena. But there were also a few that had lost loved ones. We are all pedestrians but we are also either drivers or passengers in cars, and when cars and pedestrians meet, pedestrians invariably lose. The impetus for this workshop was just such a loss, a preventable traffic collision involving a child on Colorado Blvd., which underlines why improving pedestrian safety is so vitally important, here in Pasadena and across the country (over 30,000 pedestrians are killed by motorists across the United States every year).
Finally, a huge thank you to city staff and officials for taking the time to attend the event, including Pasadena's new Mayor Terry Tornek, Council Member Margaret McAustin, Rich and Joaquin from the Department of Transportation, Mary from the Pasadena Public Health Department, and Vannia from Victor Gordo's office.