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Madison’s new Isthmus Safety Initiative


Locals and visitors alike can benefit from a safer State Street.

This week, Madison officials revealed a new initiative aimed to keep the downtown area safe. Public Health Madison + Dane County is spearheading the Isthmus Safety Initiative which predominately covers the State Street area.

This initiative will consist of the following implementations:

Staff training | Staff from State Street businesses are invited to partake in a free training course that will teach prevention, de-escalation, and intervention techniques.

Safety Navigators | Safety Navigators will patrol State Street on foot to serve as a visual safety resource. They will offer guidance to visitors, first-aid resources, and accompaniment to those looking for a safe walking escort to nearby destinations.

Lighting | The Buckeye parking lot that connects West Gorham Street to West Gilman Street will be getting more lighting to increase visibility.