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Monday, February 10, 2020

NKY Launches New Efforts, $50k Contest to Encourage Safe Streets

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By Jessie Eden

There is a new effort in NKY to help organizations improve safety for all types of transportation.

Vision Zero NKY's Slow Streets program is asking residential neighborhoods to nominate themselves for "traffic-calming" initiatives. Vision Zero said, in a recent press release, that if community groups can demonstrate enough support and need, their street will receive quick, low-cost safety improvements.

What is a 'traffic-calming initiative'? Per Vision Zero, examples include not only signage and pavement markings but also speed bumps and raised crosswalks.

"We're looking forward to working with communities to understand their concerns and making strides to support safer streets for all users on bike, on foot and in motor vehicles," said Kelly Schwegman, Health Educator of the Northern Kentucky Health Department and Co-Chair of the NKY Slow Streets Project Contest.

“The NKY Slow Streets project contest is a way to further the Vision Zero movement in Northern Kentucky communities,” says Jeremy Worley, Co-Chair of the NKY Slow Streets Project Contest.  "We know people in our communities want walkability, they want to be connected and most importantly they want to feel safe walking or cycling in their neighborhoods.  NKY Slow Streets gives cities and community members the opportunity to collaborate and deliver effective traffic calming devices that fit their neighborhood and make the streets safer for everyone." 

In order to apply, neighborhoods need to show support through either resident signatures or letters from faith-based groups or elected officials. There are several factors that could boost a neighborhood's eligibility;

  • A high concentration of youth or seniors in the community
  • Proximity to transit and community institutions (i.e. recreation centers and schools) 
  • A high number of crashes.

The money for the improvements comes from the Devou Good Foundation's Vision Zero NKY initiative which strives to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Northern Kentucky.

A kick-off event will be held on March 3rd at 10 a.m. at the Kenton County Library in Covington. Attendees will receive a free copy of the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide. To register, visit

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