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The Road Ahead with RTC

"The Road Ahead with RTC" airs on KOLO 8 TV on Tuesdays during "Good Morning Reno," on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., and on Thursdays 11 a.m. to noon during “Midday." This semi-weekly news segment will feature interviews addressing transportation projects, needs and solutions.

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Feb. 17, 18, 19 -- NDOT joins us to talk about funding pedestrian safety improvements

Feb. 24, 25, 26 -- Learn how to help plan what new bus stations will look like

 

February 10, 2015:Advisory Committees

RTC’s advisory committees provide valuable input on projects and transportation issues. The committees also provide a venue for the public to get concerns heard and addressed by RTC staff and their fellow citizens. Among the committees on which citizens may serve are the Citizens Advisory Committee and Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

The committees meet once a month in the RTC boardroom at 2050 Villanova Drive under the I-580 freeway. The Citizens Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, February 4.

Many find it rewarding to be a part of the process that improves safety in the community as well as guides the future of transportation in Washoe County. Download an application at: RTCWashoe.com.

February 3, 2015:Reno Police and Safety

Every eight minutes a pedestrian is injured in an automobile accident. Crosswalks exist at any intersection, whether there are pavement markings or not. Always use the sidewalk and the nearest crosswalk, pedestrian bridge or tunnel when possible. Look left, right, and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Never walk suddenly into the path of a vehicle. Always make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street.

The Reno Police Department has a neighborhood contact team that will be knocking on doors to talk to people this week about being safe pedestrians. RPD is concentrating this effort in the North Valleys area, where there have recently been several incidents involving pedestrians.

January 27, 2015:Pedestrian Safety

RTC is part of the Zero Fatalities program, which means no lives lost on Nevada roads are acceptable. In 2014, twelve pedestrians were killed here in Washoe County. Pedestrian safety is everyone's responsibility.

Drivers should always yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and make eye contact with them. Look before turning on a green light and wait for any pedestrians crossing. In the presence of a school crossing guard, wait for everyone, including the guard, to clear the street before proceeding.

Many accidents and fatalities can be prevented by being an alert pedestrian. Remember to always obey traffic control devices when crossing in the nearest crosswalk. Look left, right and left again when crossing. Make eye contact with drivers when crossing, and don’t be distracted by using or texting on your phone, or wearing ear-buds. Never allow young children to cross alone.

More safety tips: StreetSmartNV.com.

January 20, 2015:Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is part of Safe Kids Washoe County, and is a partnership between the Washoe County School District and the health district. RTC also provides funding. SRTS aims to teach kids safety habits to avoid injuries and get to school safely – whether it’s by walking, taking the bus or by bike.

Our programs focus on injury prevention for children. Accidental injury is the number one cause of death among children ages fourteen and under in the United States, and annually, one out of every four children needs medical attention for accidental injury.

Each year approximately 7,200 U.S. children are killed and at least 50,000 are permanently disabled by preventable injuries. Safe Kids Washoe County teaches everything from helmet safety to how to properly use safety restraints.

Go to SafeKidsWC to learn more.

January 13, 2015: Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian deaths are on the rise in Washoe County. The RTC is dedicated to enhancing safety and is a partner in the Zero Fatalities program – because no traffic deaths are acceptable.

Drivers should always yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and make eye contact with them. Look right before turning on a green light and wait for any pedestrians crossing. In the presence of a school crossing guard, wait for everyone, including the guard, to clear the street before proceeding.

Many accidents and fatalities can be prevented by being an alert pedestrian. Remember to always obey traffic control devices when crossing in the nearest crosswalk. Look left, right and left again when crossing. Make eye contact with drivers when crossing, and don’t be distracted by using or texting on your phone, or wearing ear-buds. Never allow young children to cross alone.

Go to StreetSmartNV.com to learn more.

January 6, 2015:Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities

Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities is a collaborative that seeks to improve the health and wellness of the local community by connecting stakeholders and community members to a common mission. To begin a discussion about creating a culture of health in the Truckee Meadows, TMHC will host a one-day conference on January 8.

First lady Kathleen Sandoval will serve as honorary chair during the conference where nearly 200 community leaders will hear from national speakers on the topic of building healthier communities. The goal of the conference is to build an action plan that addresses local health problems and further engages the community to implement projects that build a healthy community.

Go to Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities to learn more.