Members of "Healthy Hastings" say changing one's environment, could change their health. They're seeing more people around the city utilizing their streets to bike, walk, and jog. However, the group doesn't believe enough people feel safe, and that's why they're launching their "Share our Streets" campaign.
Michael Krings, chairman of the campaign, said the campaign's goal is to reduce bicyclist and pedestrian injuries, by making Hastings' streets safer and encouraging physical activity.
Elizabeth Schuler, a mother of four, said teaching her kids the rules of the road can be challenging at times, and she won't allow them to take their bikes out around the block until they are a little bit older. She says she's seen how some cyclists are treated.
"Sometimes cars don't slow down when they're trying to go over, or they'll speed up and pass by, and I don't feel it's safe for them," she said.
"If it's treacherous out there, if it's dangerous to cross our streets, to have your kids cross the streets you're not going to let them go out for a walk if you're scared about traffic," Krings said.
Healthy Hastings presented their plans to the Hastings City Council on Tuesday, and the city council will vote to approve the installation of new street signs on Monday.
With the "Share our Streets" campaign, Healthy Hastings wants residents to follow these safety precautions:
• The 3-foot law, enacted in April 2012, requires drivers to give at least 3 feet of clearance when passing a pedestrian, bicycle or electric personal assistive mobility device.
• Pedestrians should walk facing against traffic, while bicycles and other wheeled transportation should flow along with traffic.
• Bicyclists should use hand signals and motorists should know the signals and be watching for them, as well.