During a recent Redwood Falls city council meeting, a concerned citizen spoke about an issue that got the attention of Jackie Edwards of the Redwood Area Community Center.
"This person was concerned about the fact that people were walking around town at night wearing dark, non-reflecting clothing," said Edwards, adding there were also concerns about people walking on the wrong side of the road.
From that expressed concern a new program has been initiated in the community through the city recreation department.
A walk club is being established for people who spend time walking around town.
As the temperatures get nicer, Edwards knows more and more people are going to be out and about getting their exercise by walking the streets of the city, especially through Ramsey Park.
To ensure those who are out walking stay safe, the city, through a grant from Monsanto, is offering safety vests for those who become part of the walk club.
"Safety is a huge priority for Monsanto," Edwards said, adding the city is very appreciate of its investment in community safety.
The program is officially scheduled to start May 13, but those who are interested may register now.
The registration fee is $15, and for that fee one is going to receive a vest and a pedometer, as well as information about the best way to walk to en-sure one is safe in town.
The walk club is scheduled to run for eight weeks, said Edwards.
While not a requirement, Edwards said people who are part of the walk club are encouraged to keep a log of their miles to see just how far they would have walked during the eight weeks of the program.
Those involved are also going to have information provided on a blog that offers safety tips.
Those who have questions along the way are also going to be able to ask them, with experts providing the answers to ensure people are walking safely, not only in terms of following proper procedures (i.e. wearing vests and walking on the right side of the road), but also about preparing to walk (i.e. how to avoid injuries and what kinds of shoes might be the best to wear when walking).
“Safety has always been a priority for us at Monsanto,” said Brezina, adding this is one way they can demonstrate that to the community. “We just hope this helps.”
The city recreation program is working with the Redwood Falls Police Department and the Red-wood Area Hospital in providing this walk club.
Edwards said what is most important is for the public to dress right and to use amenities, such as the community trails, to ensure they are safe.
Page 2 of 2 - For more information or to register for the walk club stop by the Redwood Area Community Center.