City Encourages Residents to Follow Rules Of The Road for ‘Neighbors Drive 25’ Kickoff

Brian Walker, Communications Manager, 509.655.1387

Monday, March 21, 2022 at 12:57 p.m.

The City of Spokane and its partners invite citizens to help kick off  “Neighbors Drive 25,” a joint pedestrian and traffic safety education program starting Thursday, March 24.

Join City Council Member Karen Stratton; Randy McGlenn, chairman of the Pedestrian, Traffic, and Transportation (PeTT) Committee; Patrick Striker, executive director of Spokane Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Shops; and community volunteers at the program kickoff at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at Spokane COPS Neva-Wood, 4705 N. Addison St.

Attendees can pick up a Neighbors Drive 25 sign to display in their yard. Residents can also pick one up at a COPS Shop location. There is a limit of one sign per household. The signs are paid for with Traffic Calming funds generated by tickets resulting from red-light and school-zone cameras.

“This marks an incredible opportunity for residents to help make Spokane neighborhoods safer and more livable,” Striker said. “Get involved today and make your community safer.”

There were 122 collisions involving pedestrians in Spokane County between 2018 and 2020. Almost 80 percent of those resulted in serious injury and 20 percent resulted in death. Since most vehicle-pedestrian collisions occur in crosswalks, marked or unmarked, the likelihood of a pedestrian being struck is much higher if a motorist is traveling at speeds faster than the speed limit.

By following the rules of the road, residents can prevent collisions:

  • Motorists: Drive 20 mph in school zones and stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, especially children whose reflexes are slower; drive 25 on residential streets; and drive 30 on arterial streets, unless otherwise posted.
  • Pedestrians: Cross the street on a “Walk” signal, and if there isn’t a signal look left, right, and left again before crossing at crosswalks or intersections.

Social distancing will be practiced during the kickoff.

For questions regarding Neighbors Drive 25, contact Annie Deasy, Office of Neighborhood Services Community Programs Coordinator, at 509-625-6343 or