Be Visible, Use Sidewalks and Be Safe

As daylight hours get shorter, a letter from a friend of the WWBPA couldn’t be more timely.

She writes:
“I have been taking my husband to the station and picking him up five days a week for many years.  We travel down Alexander Road to Scott Avenue, making a right on Wallace, then a left into the station driveway.  I am on Scott Avenue four times per day.  In recent years, it has become a challenge to weave around the pedestrians who prefer to walk in the street rather than use the sidewalk.
We believe the traffic — cars AND walkers/bicyclists — has increased significantly in recent years and, despite the pedestrian improvements such as painted walkways, the risk of a vehicle/pedestrian and/or bike accident is growing.
Please USE THE SIDEWALK on Scott Avenue — rather than walking (or running) on the paved street — and USE THE NEW CROSSWALKS instead of jay-walking diagonally across the streets to and from the station.

Follow common-sense rules of road-sharing and safety, such as “stop and look both ways before crossing” and “don’t assume the motorist sees you.” And don‘t wear all dark clothing when riding a bike at night.”

And a message from the WWBPA: One way to be more visible is to wear a reflective vest. The WWBPA sells them for just $10. Come see us at the farmers’ market.

Why might walkers on Scott Avenue prefer to walk in the road rather than on the sidewalk? Please comment with your views.


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2 Responses to “Be Visible, Use Sidewalks and Be Safe”

  1. Often sidewalks are too narrow for two people to walk side-by-side and I will often see people using the street in these cases. But there are many who walk alone in the street with a perfectly good sidewalk only a few feet to their side. These people I just can’t understand.

  2. Donald Pillsbury says:

    It’s not just Scott Av where pedestrians prefer to use the street instead of the sidewalk. Many times I will see adults walking in the street when a very good sidewalk is available just a few feet away – on the other side of the curb. I’ve often wondered why. I’ve even asked industry professionals if they knew – or if a study has ever been done. (I’ve also been very tempted to stop and ask the individual directly – but was afraid I’d come across too confrontational.) The only thing I’ve been able to surmise is: There is a perception that: “Sidewalks are for children.” If you learn anything more concrete I would appreciate hearing about it.

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