— Make eye contact with a driver or pedestrian and say mahalo before crossing the street. That’s the message that AARP Hawai‘i, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i, Walk Wise Hawaii and other senior organizations and facilities will be sharing during a pedestrian safety sign waving event on May 2 at locations across Honolulu. “Pedestrians and drivers must be aware of each other when approaching intersections and crossing the street,” said Suzanne Chun Oakland, program coordinator at the Lanakila Senior Center operated by Catholic …

— AARP Connecticut provided members of the Connecticut Transportation Committee with testimony in support for the concept outlined in Proposed H.B. 5390, an act concerning the right-of-way at a crosswalk, on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. The testimony of AARP State Director Nora Duncan follows: Dear Members of the Transportation Committee, AARP is pleased to offer our support for the concept outlined in Proposed H.B. 5390, which would enhance pedestrian safety for individuals who step to a curb at a sidewalk.   AARP …

— By Elaine Friesen-Strang When your neighborhood gets 10″ of snow, the sidewalk ends when it isn’t shoveled. My wintry walk was about to lose its way as I approached an old man bent over his shovel. I can call him old, because he proudly told me was so–87 years worth. He didn’t hesitate to hand me his shovel when I asked if he needed help, saying he was just about ready to give up. The next 15 minutes, I uncovered …

—                                                         By Jerry Cohen, AARP Oregon State Director I am pleased to announce that Elaine Friesen-Strang is the new volunteer State President for AARP Oregon effective June 27. She will have the responsibility of leading the AARP Oregon Volunteer Executive Council for at least the next two years. She also will work with …

— By Elaine Friesen-Strang On the afternoon of April 2, 13 year old Mauricio was struck by an automobile while he was in a crosswalk at SE 142nd and Division. He suffered a severe concussion and broken shoulder. No one should be a victim of such an assault, but in this case, he has youth and resiliency on his side. Had he been 70 years of age, he may not have survived.  The Oregon State of Pedestrian Safety Report, which Oregon …

— The following letter to the editor from AARP Nebraska State Director Connie Benjamin was recently published in several Nebraska newspapers. Crossing the street shouldn’t mean putting your life at risk. Safe, well-designed streets and crosswalks are vital to our communities. Tragically, a pedestrian is killed every two hours in the U.S. In 2013, one-fifth of children under age 14 killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians. Older adults are also exceptionally vulnerable, comprising 20 percent of all pedestrian deaths. In fact, …

— Pedestrian deaths on Phoenix streets are disproportionately high among older adults, and safer road design could make a difference, according to a report from Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition. The Phoenix metro area ranks ninth nationally in the number of preventable pedestrian deaths. AARP Arizona supports complete streets policies, which call for including bike lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks in street design. Designing for safety could prevent most pedestrian fatalities, the report said. People age 65 and older make …

— Pedestrian fatalities caused by automobiles are not a new problem in Hawaii, which has long held the distinction of being the most dangerous state (per capita) to be a pedestrian 65+. But 2014 has seen an alarming rise in the number of pedestrian crashes involving motor vehicles. As of August 1, 2014 there were already 19 pedestrian fatalities statewide, the same number of fatalities in all of 2013. With five months left in the year, authorities and advocates looking to …

— Representatives of AARP Hawaii have been invited to take part in a two-day workshop to develop a design manual to implement the City and County of Honolulu’s Complete Streets ordinance (Ordinance 12-15). Participating in the workshop will be AARP volunteer and retired Department of Planning and Permitting employee Elizabeth Chinn, who joins AARP Hawaii Director of Community Outreach Jackie Boland on a committee charged with developing design guidelines for Complete Streets implementation. Boland also serves on the City Transportation Commission. …

— When asked to imagine a traffic accident, most Americans imagine two cars colliding instead of a pedestrian and a vehicle. This lack of consideration for walkers is causing pedestrian fatalities to increase while overall traffic fatalities decrease. Nationally, in 2012, pedestrians accounted for 14 percent of all traffic deaths, up six percent from 2011. This is a particularly important issue in Florida because our state is home to the top four most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians. According to “Dangerous …