Regarding pedestrian safety, this month marks the six-year anniversary of the hit and run death of Jane Outslay, and there doesn't seem to have been a significant improvement to the area. A bump-out was installed but I'm not sure why, or how that helps.

That area there, because of The Palms [restaurant] and the antique store across the street, sees a lot of foot traffic, is pretty dark and not very safe at all. Installing more crosswalks doesn't seem to be the answer since few people use the ones there now.

I have a few ideas that might work to create a more pedestrian-friendly downtown.

First, move the crosswalks approximately 15 feet back from the intersection. This will benefit both vehicles and pedestrians because it will allow them to cross safely, regardless of the light, and vehicles will be able to turn on red without waiting for the walk signal.

Next, convert the crosswalks into speed bumps. This will definitely slow traffic down. Unfortunately, it also presents a problem for emergency vehicles.

Finally, install short pillars at the crosswalks, equipped with strobes activated similarly to walk lights. This will provide a highly visible alert to drivers, and may encourage more pedestrians to actually use the crosswalks.

Any improvements to the safe and efficient flow of traffic and pedestrians can only benefit the downtown shopping experience for all.

Robbie Grace

North Clarendon

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