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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte wants to make sidewalks safer for everyone after a teen was hit and killed riding his bike last spring.

The city has launched a sidewalk safety campaign. The campaign aims to keep sidewalks clear of all items including trash and recycling cans.

The city is also warning people not to block the sidewalks when they park. The campaign comes after deadly accident last May.

Myers Park High School student Drew Wright was just 14 riding his bike to school, when he lost control swerved to avoid a trash can, and was struck by a truck on Sharon Lane, near Providence Road.

The tragedy prompted the city to make sure that it never happens again.

Really it's just to make the sidewalk safer for all pedestrians, this includes our runners, the disabled, you know, children that are playing at home, so it's just really important, said Charita Curtis with City Solid Waste.

Dilworth resident Tim Boylan walks his dog three times a day. He says homeowners in his neighborhood generally keep the cans clear of sidewalks, but it can be tricky.

You've got cars parked a long here, he said indicating Magnolia Avenue. If cars are coming in both directions, it's rather tight. So, if those barrels aren't placed just right, they're going to get in the way.

Curtis assures residents, cans don't have to go on walkways.

Our collection vehicles, the arms can extend out up to six feet, so residents have that amount of space to leave room to keep the sidewalks clear, she said.

You'll likely see the city's campaign message in online ads, on social media and even as an insert with you utility bill.

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