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Monday, November 13, 2006

A novel idea for dealing with pedestrian safety issues in Cary

I happened to leave the TV on after the Giants game tonight, and caught a few minutes of NBC-17 news. After their brief bits on exit ramp closures and the I-40 fiasco (fortunately, they didn't include Roxboro St. in their list of alternative routes) they had a piece on Green Hope High School in Cary.

Seems that a couple of students have been hit by cars crossing Carpenter-Upchurch Rd on their way to the school this school year.

The solution?

Have a couple of police officers on duty during school arrival and departure hours to write tickets to the students who are crossing the road.

No mention about whether speed limits will be enforced, and heaven forbid a crosswalk might be installed.

Carpenter-Upchurch isn't exactly a major thoroughfare. It parallels NC 55 and lies between the state road and the high school. As i recall from when my daughter went to Green Hope, if you walk along Green Hope School Rd, and cross NC 55, you can't get directly to the high school in a car. But on foot, it's a piece of cake to cut through railroad tracks and the weeded lot.

Absolutely the wrong message to send to young people at a time when they are forming habits for using alternate transportation modes, including walking, that will last the rest of their lives.

2 Comments:

  • "Cary: The Worst Place to Live in the Triangle."

    By Blogger Joe, at 11:07 AM  

  • That's absolutely awful. Just when I think our deference to cars can't get any more extreme.

    GK

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:43 PM  

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