Since 2001, the Chicago Department of Transportation has promoted safe cycling and walking through the City of Chicago’s SAFE (Streets Are For Everybody) Ambassadors. The Ambassadors’ goals are to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians through encouragement and education, to reduce traffic crashes, and to make Chicago a safer place for walking and biking, or active transportation.
SAFE Ambassadors travel all over the City of Chicago educating people about pedestrian and bicycling safety. SAFE Ambassadors offer presentations, safety literature, and bicycle activities at parks, schools, block parties, street festivals, and many more locations and events.
SAFE Ambassadors work in Chicago’s public and private schools, offering educational presentations about walking and bicycling safety. Presentations are tailored to 2nd grade, 5th grade, and high school driver’s education students. SAFE Ambassadors are available to speak with PTA, staff/faculty, and LSC groups as well. The Junior Ambassadors is a summer program to train the next generation of SAFE Ambassadors through the Chicago Park District.
SAFE Ambassadors also offer dynamic SAFE for Seniors programming. These presentations provide tools for seniors to navigate 311, reach out to elected officials, access transportation resources, and select safe routes through their neighborhoods.
The Ambassadors also act as a street team for Divvy, Chicago’s bike-share program, during high-usage events and at new station locations. Finally, the Ambassadors work with the Chicago Police Department during traffic safety events that encourage a safer environment for people who walk, bike and drive in the city.
The Ambassador programs are funded through CDOT and the Illinois Department of Transportation, with the funding year running from September through August.
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