This summer, the PWI's Active Transportation Community of Interest (AT COI) hosted a series of pop-up Traffic Garden events to support young people to walk and roll with greater safety and awareness.
A Traffic Garden is a space where children of all ages can practice walking, bicycling and skating while learning to navigate local streets. The first events in the series took place in Swan Creek Park and as part of Tacoma's Open Streets event, Downtown to Defiance. Each event featured a miniature roadway and a fleet of pedal cars, bicycles, and skateboards to support youth to experience our transportation system from a new perspective.
The purpose of this series is to build awareness of how this type of playground could be a useful learning tool and a unique strategy to address Tacoma's high rate of youth collisions. More than 180 young people participated in these first pop-up events, and we will host one more on in September. We hope to see more community members there!
In the meantime, check out some photos of our friends from the August 26th Traffic Garden!