Hauppauge, NY (September 21, 2020) Physical activity has never been more important than now during the pandemic when individuals’ defenses against the COVID-19 virus need the immunity boost an activity like walking can provide. About 50 Long Islanders took that advice to heart and joined the Walk with a Doc, led by Northwell Health cardiologist Dr. Puneet Gandotra, around Argyle Park and surrounding streets in Babylon Village on Sunday, September 20, 2020. Walkers and event organizers kept safety in mind, including providing on-the-spot education about pedestrian safety laws offered by experts from the New York Coalition for Transportation Safety (NYCTS).
“More people are out and about walking and biking because of COVID-19,” said Cindy Brown, executive director of NYCTS. “My organization wants to be sure that these pedestrians and cyclists, as well as motorists, are aware of the laws benefiting pedestrians’ safety. Most people are unaware of the laws, but a visit to the WalkSafeLI website provides a quick link to the state laws. Everyone owes it to themselves to learn the rules of the road.”
The Village of Babylon hosted the Health and Safety Day event which, in addition to the walk and pedestrian law education, featured trauma education led by nurses from Good Samaritan Hospital, and information about safe driving tips and transit alternatives from other organizations. Stony Brook Medicine’s mobile mammography van was also onsite.
The event also recognized the start of Long Island Mobility Week, an effort led by Transit Solutions to get people to utilize other forms of transportation. The group was there accepting Car Free Day Pledges for that recognition day that happens September 25.
The Long Island Health Collaborative helped organization the event around its Walk with a Doc chapter, an international movement that pairs community residents with a community doctor who leads them on a walk for good health.
About the New York Coalition for Transportation Safety
The New York Coalition for Transportation Safety is an advocacy organization dedicated to educating the public about laws pertaining to pedestrian and bicycle safety. They work with numerous county and local law enforcement professionals and safety advocate organizations to bring law-based education to all Long Islanders.
About the Long Island Health Collaborative
The Long Island Health Collaborative is a partnership of Long Island’s hospitals, county health departments, physicians, health providers, community-based social and human service organizations, academic institutions, health plans, local government, and the business sector, all engaged in improving the health of Long Islanders. LIHC is working with the New York Coalition for Transportation Safety to raise awareness about vehicle and traffic laws designed to keep pedestrians safe. The LIHC initiative is overseen by the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council, the association that advocates for Long Island’s hospitals.
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