VA Corporate ID 05804380
Metro Area Pedestrian Advocacy
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MetroPed was initially established in 2002 to provide technical support for 'The Safe Crossing Campaign' The SCC was slowly deprecated as the issues were addressed by both State and local government policy and planning.
Many organizations promoted fitness. MetroPed took a different tack. It advocated for removing impediments to outdoor fitness. MetroPed's Public Restroom Initiative (PRI), was established to shed light on the hesitation some people have to participating in outdoor fitness activities that put them out of range of proper sanitation facilities. The mission scope of the PRI was too limited to handle the massive national and even global support it gained. It was re-established as a stand-alone 503.c3 non-profit corporation call the American Restroom Association.
One of the current impediments to fitness, is the fear of crime. For example, many young women hesitate to walk or jog in park trail systems for fear of being attacked. Some of these women have solved this problem by obtaining a small pocket firearm, taking appropriate training and securing a concealed carry permit. While Metroped recognizes that fear of crime is an impediment to fitness, there are other organization that are addressing this issue.