Dayton Traffic Garden

The Dayton Traffic Garden is a welcoming and creative space that includes a set of small-sized streets with scaled-down traffic features and urban elements. It provides a safe environment for children and new learners to practice using streets, free from motor vehicles.

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Dayton Traffic Garden Buzz

“As a dad, it is so important to me that every single Kentuckian child has access to safe outdoor spaces and I am grateful for this grant that will improve bike and pedestrian safety for children across our commonwealth,”

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear

“The City of Dayton – with its partners, Tri-State Trails, Kentucky State Rep. Rachel Roberts, KYTC, and Dayton Independent Schools – is excited to create the first traffic garden in the region in our city. All seven of our city parks are frequently used by our residents and visitors to the city, and the addition of the Traffic Garden at Gil Lynn Park provides another engaging amenity in a park located right next door to our elementary and grade schools. This new park feature will help our children better understand the importance of cycling and pedestrian safety – not only in our city, but anywhere else they may go.”

Dayton Mayor Ben Baker

“Teaching children about traffic safety early in life is an important step in preventing future crashes and pedestrian incidents. We’re excited to see how this innovative, hands-on approach impacts young Kentuckians and their families in the Dayton community. This project complements other initiatives the Cabinet is undertaking to equip all road users with a safe, connected, comfortable, equitable, and accessible transportation network.”

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray

“Youth deserve to get safely to their destination without having to get in a car. Communities need safe spaces where children can learn the skills and gain the confidence they need to be safe road users for decades to come. I’m proud that GHSA and the National Road Safety Foundation can play a role in making biking, walking and scooting safer for Dayton’s children.”

Jonathan Adkins, GHSA Chief Executive Officer

Safety and joy bloom in traffic gardens.

We hope the Dayton Traffic Garden will help prioritize safety and accessibility within the city and inspire healthier and more equitable communities across the region. As more local governments expand their trail and bikeway networks, traffic gardens can play an important role in educating young people on how to use pedestrian and cycling infrastructure safely.

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