Walk & Roll Winston-Salem Coming May 27
The annual "Walk & Roll Winston-Salem" bicycle and pedestrian celebration returns to Bailey Park on Memorial Day, May 27, with activities, organized bike rides, exhibits and "tactical urbanism" demonstrations, along with the excitement of the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic. Patterson Avenue will be closed between Third and Fifth streets for the festival, and stations will be set up along the street for a bike rodeo, helmet fittings and bike-share demonstrations. Demonstrations of tactical urbanism -- defined as low-cost, temporary changes in urban environments intended to improve neighborhoods and gathering places -- will be held in the parking lot between Third and Fourth streets east of Patterson. Games will be set up in the Bailey Park lawn, and vendors will have booths on the park's upper level. Organized bike rides along Long Branch Trail will begin at 2 and 3 p.m. Parking will be available in the parking deck at Fourth and Church streets.
Mayor Announces Think Orange Corporate Investment Fund
Mayor Allen Joines has announced the establishment of the Think Orange Corporate Investment Fund to raise $500,000 over five years to sustain the city’s Think Orange campaign to combat hunger once the grant funding the Think Orange campaign runs out. Business and foundation leaders in Winston-Salem agreed to establish the fund during a roundtable meeting Joines convened April 9. It was the second of two roundtable meetings Joines held to brief corporate leaders on the scope of the hunger problem in Winston-Salem. The fund will also receive proceeds from an upcoming Orange Sock community awareness initiative involving Hanesbrands, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools athletics program, Lowes Foods and possibly other local grocery stores. READ MORE
Police Accepting Applications for Youth Citizens' Police Academy
The Winston-Salem Police Department is accepting applications for the Youth Citizens' Police Academy, to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 8 - 12 at the Alexander R. Beaty Public Safety Training and Support Center, 1200 N. Patterson Ave. This program is being offered to young men and women, ages 16 or older, who are interested in learning about the Winston-Salem Police Department or a career in law enforcement. Topics will include criminal investigations, forensic services, SWAT demonstration, canine demonstration, the firearms training simulator and more. For an application form go to WSPD.org and search for Youth Citizens' Police Academy. The application deadline is June 15. There is no cost to participate.
Winston-Salem Selected for "Watch for Me" Campaign
Winston-Salem has been selected to participate in the state Transportation Department’s "Watch for Me NC" campaign to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety. The program aims to reduce pedestrian and bicycle injuries and deaths through a comprehensive, targeted approach of public education, community engagement, and high-visibility law enforcement. Participating communities receive technical assistance, materials and advertising assistance. The campaign will kick off in late May, to coincide with Bike Month and the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic. READ MORE
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Garbage, recycling, yard-waste cart collection changes for holiday weeks