This is an incredibly exciting time of transition for PEDS and for me personally.
During this leadership transition, I have been working with founder and retiring CEO Sally Flocks and Board Chairman Andrew Hixson, as I begin to develop my vision of PEDS' future. In her final newsletter, Sally assured you that my leadership will not change our mission. I have inherited a talented team and we will always advocate for the safety of everyone who walks.
Sally also pointed out my concern about the increased safety risks facing people in underserved communities. I've already begun the work of developing new partnerships to address social equity and transportation.
Sadly, already this year more than 150 pedestrians have been killed in the state of Georgia, including a 14-year-old who was hit by a speeding car while walking to his school bus in Atlanta. One pedestrian death is too many. We need thoughtful planning, engineering and enforcement that protect pedestrians and are not driver-centric. We must stop placing blame on the victim.
Finally, our success has been a direct result of your efforts and dedication. Our mission would not be possible without your continued support.
"Walking is the oldest form of transportation and a basic human right of everyone."