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The City of Bloomington will hold events from April 1–5 for Safety Week



Bloomington, Indiana – Among the highlights of the community engagement and outreach activities during Bloomington’s Safety Week, which takes place from April 1–5, are free food and quizzes.
According to a press release dated March 30, the City of Bloomington is supporting Safety Week as a component of the broader Safe Streets and Roads for All effort.

Three primary events are scheduled:
5-7 p.m. Taco ‘Bout Safety. Participants will receive complimentary tacos at Waldron Hill Buskirk Park on Tuesday, April 2.

6:30–8:00 p.m. for scoops and spokes. On Wednesday, April 3, there will be complimentary ice cream for attendees at The Chocolate Moose.

Trivia and Snacks: 6:30–8:00 p.m. At Friendly Beasts Cider Company on Thursday, April 4th, there will be free food for attendees.

There will be a range of events held throughout the city by city employees and design consultants working with the city, such as pop-up booths and school presentations. The community will also be able to comment on city safety through surveys that the city will be conducting.

Planning Services Manager Ryan Robling stated in the release, “We really want to learn from the public which locations feel comfortable or uncomfortable while walking, biking, driving, and using any other mode of transportation on city roadways.” “Safety Week demonstrates the city’s dedication to putting everyone’s safety and wellbeing first on the roads.”

The U.S. Federal Highway Association runs a nationwide grant program called Safe Streets and Roads for All. It provides cash subsidies to counties, towns, and other governmental units to assist them in creating action plans aimed at eradicating traffic fatalities.

The nation’s driving mortality toll has been rising, prompting the creation of the Safe Streets and Roads for All campaign. According to the most recent figures from 2021, there were over 40,000 fatalities on American roads and streets. In 2021, there were 1,000 such deaths in Indiana. Data trends show that not much has changed in the intervening years.

This program was originally budgeted for over $5 billion, and since its launch in 2022, several government agencies have received grants totaling $1.7 billion.

According to their website, Bloomington started working on their Safe Streets and Roads for All plan in the fall of 2023 and intends to formally adopt an action plan in the middle of 2024.
Infrastructure improvements, community safety involvement, and the establishment of concrete goals at all governmental levels are all included in the action plan.

On Third Street between Eagleson Avenue and Indiana Avenue, the city erected additional barriers on March 11 to divide the bike lane from the motor lane.



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