PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - August 13, 2020 


Minutes after Biden selected Harris as VP, she throws first punch at Trump; teachers raise their hands with safety concerns.


2020Talks - August 13, 2020 


Joe Biden and Kamala Harris make their first public appearance as running mates. President Trump calls Georgia's Marjorie Taylor Greene a GOP "star," despite her support for conspiracy theory QAnon.

Connecticut Hears Transportation Secretary's Call for Safer Streets

PHOTO: It is a tough time of year for biking, but a new challenge from the head of the U.S. Department of Transportation could make streets safer for all in Connecticut. Credit: K. Kennedy
PHOTO: It is a tough time of year for biking, but a new challenge from the head of the U.S. Department of Transportation could make streets safer for all in Connecticut. Credit: K. Kennedy
February 5, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. - It's a call for safer streets from the head of the U.S. Department of Transportation to mayors and elected officials nationwide and local advocates say Connecticut needs to move to the forefront.

It's called the Mayor's Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets, and Kelly Kennedy, executive director with Bike Walk Connecticut, welcomes the challenge from Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to make streets in Connecticut and the nation safer for all who use them.

"It underscores the fact that being friendly to cyclists and pedestrians isn't just a local, kind of crazy idea," she says. "This is a national trend."

Kennedy says accident statistics back up the need to update planning policy because more than 10,000 people have died or been injured in biking or pedestrian accidents in the state since 2006. Secretary Foxx plans to host a mayor's summit on the issue in March.

Kennedy says change already is starting from the top, because the Connecticut Department of Transportation decided late last year to adopt a "Complete Streets" approach to urban planning.

"The Highway Department, as we're used to thinking of them, is really taking a much more modern, a much more holistic approach to transportation by acknowledging that people want to get around by active transportation," she says. "By biking and walking, much more so than they have before."

Kennedy says "Complete Streets" means making roads safer for all users, not just those in motorized vehicles. She says New Britain, Fairfield, Farmington, New Haven, Simsbury, South Windsor and West Hartford are among the leaders in the state in adopting this safer approach.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - CT