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SAFE Press Conference and Walking Tour

PRESS ADVISORY

214 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco Ca 94102

Tel:415-431-1481; Fax 415-863-7568; TTY: 415-431-4572, info@lighthouse-sf.org

Press Contact:  Jessie Lorenz (415) 694-7361, jlorenz@lighthouse-sf.org

LightHouse for the Blind kicks off their Sidewalks are for Everyone (SAFE) campaign

Where:  19th Ave and Taraval Street

When:   2:00 pm, January 16, 2009

The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in partnership with the Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco and Senior Action Network will launch the Sidewalks are for Everyone (SAFE) campaign on Friday, January 16, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Sunset District with a walking tour led by Supervisor Carmen Chu. The walking tour will begin at 19th Ave and Taraval and will be immediately followed by a press conference at Ulloa Park, located at 20th Ave and Ulloa.

The SAFE campaign aims to increase public awareness of the impact of parking cars on sidewalks. This common occurrence forces passersby into harm’s way, particularly impacting seniors, persons with disabilities, and pedestrians with small children.

“Rather than a punitive approach, the LightHouse and our partners plan to build capacity for understanding by providing over fifty presentations to community-based groups in the Sunset about the importance of parking with your neighbors in mind,” said Jessie Lorenz, project coordinator and Director of Public Policy and Information at the LightHouse. “There are many things citizens can do to help us spread the word about this campaign, including regularly visiting our blog and signing up to attend a neighborhood presentation,” Lorenz said.

Visit the SAFE campaign blog at www.lbvi.staging.wpengine.com.com/sidewalks for updated information, including a schedule of neighborhood presentations.

The LightHouse is a nonprofit organization that promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of individuals living with vision loss and is the largest provider of direct services and advocacy for the blind and visually impaired of Northern California.

Jessie Lorenz (LightHouse), Herb Levine (ILRC), Pi Ra (SAN) and Supervisor Carmen Chu survey the neighborhood sidewalks.

Sidewalks are for Everyone Campaign Launches

Beginning January 2009, join us in paving the way for pedestrian safety!

Attend a Speakers Training:
Saturday January 17, 2009 12:00 p.m. to 1:00
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
Contact us at 1 888.400.8933 info@lighthouse-sf.org

February 3, 2009 4:30 to 5:30
Support for Families with Children with Disabilities
2601 Mission StreetSuite 606
San Francisco, CA 94110

February 17, 2009 9:00 to 3:00
Senior Action Network
965
Mission Street, Ste 705 (Between 5th and 6th)

Beginning January 2009, join us in paving the way for pedestrian safety!
Beginning January 2009, join us in paving the way for pedestrian safety!

Through a grant from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in partnership with The Independent Living Resource Center and The Senior Action Network are working to clear up sidewalks obstructed by parked cars. This common occurrence forces passersby into harm’s way, particularly impacting seniors, persons with disabilities, and pedestrians with small children.

Supervisor Carmen Chu will launch the initiative by leading walking tours in the Sunset District. And we need your support to curb these risky sidewalk blockages! Attend upcoming trainings and gain public-speaking experience. A $50 stipend is available for those who complete at least one presentation at a community-based organization in the Sunset.