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Assault along the Roanoke River Greenway raises awareness about safety gear

Zephyr 100 helps runners stay visible with a flashlight. It also features a push-button emergency siren.
Zephyr 100 helps runners stay visible with a flashlight. It also features a push-button emergency siren. (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

ROANOKE (WSLS) - News of an assault along the Roanoke River Greenway has raised awareness about safety practices for Greenway users. Roanoke City police and athletic stores are encouraging people to be aware of their surroundings.

Hannah Tudor exercises along the Greenway several times a week. She said she often carries a pocket knife for protection. Police have increased patrols in the area after a women was assaulted on Sunday.

"It's scary," said Tudor. " I'd like to see more surveillance."

Fleet Feet Sports staff said items like the Zephyr 100 can be used to exercise caution along the greenway. It includes a flashlight and a siren. Store Manager Andrew Holbrook said people should also wear a Road I.D. which includes a users name, contact numbers and other information that comes in handy during emergencies.

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"Something you can wear on your wrist, something you can wear on your shoe," said Holbrook. "If you were in an accident or something happens people will know the pertinent info."

An estimated 250,000 people use the Roanoke River Greenway each year. After a fellow runner was attacked, Tudor and others said they plan to keep a closer eye on their surroundings.

Roanoke City Police and Fleet Feet Sports are hosting a Women's Safety Clinic on Monday August 17th. The event is open to the public and starts at 7:15pm at Fleet Feet Sports. The event is being capped at 40 people, so you have to RSVP.