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City Launches Sidewalk Safety Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 28, 2013

Contacts: Keith Richardson, 704-336-5865, kmrichardson@charlottenc.gov; Charita Curtis, 704-432-3538, ccurtis@charlottenc.gov 

Charlotte, NC--The City of Charlotte has launched a sidewalk safety awareness campaign to remind residents of the importance of keeping sidewalks clear of obstructions. This new initiative is aimed at making sidewalks safer for pedestrians, cyclists, runners and the disabled.

To help keep sidewalks safe, it is important that residents refrain from placing solid waste collection items – garbage/recycling carts, yard waste and bulky items – on sidewalks. Solid Waste Services allows up to six feet of space within the curb for collection items to be placed for collection. Obstructions such as parked vehicles, which impede sidewalk traffic, should also not be placed on sidewalks.

The campaign messages will be disseminated using a variety of elements such as radio ads, Yahoo online ads, SWS truck decals, a utility bill insert in March, social media, Gov Channel segments, community meetings, door hangers and community newsletters. Residents can also find additional information on how to keep sidewalks clear at http://sidewalksafety.charlottenc.gov.

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