Days later, Aron used Nextdoor to inform his neighbors of the incident – and of the major danger the roadway presented to the entire community. It was a narrow, busy street without sidewalks. Neighborhood children, including his own, used it every day to get to the local middle school.
Determined to do something to make the road safer, Aron launched a campaign to build walkways alongside the road.
Undeterred, Aron turned to his neighbors on Nextdoor to rally community support for the project. He secured permission from the homeowners on one side of the street to allow for a three-foot path to be built on their property.
“This would have been a much more difficult project to accomplish without Nextdoor, which gave me a mechanism to spread the word and connect with all sorts of people who have volunteered to help in myriad ways,” Aron said.
The first portion of the path was completed in February 2015, and is used every day by kids and adults alike. Aron now wants to complete the path, and has kicked off a second fundraiser to raise an additional $4,000 for the remaining unsafe stretch of road.
As reported by The Contra Costa Times.
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I love this story (and I remember how terrible that stretch of Walnut Blvd was)! Walnut Creek neighbors unite for a better, safer, more awesome neighborhood!
I love seeing this sort of problem solving and community empowerment. While they city will hopefully be more supportive of future work regarding pedestrian safety, it’s great to see neighbors being successful by taking things into their own hands.