Archive for Wednesday, July 12, 2006

First Street signs fall short of purpose

July 12, 2006

"Ped Xing" doesn't get the message across.

On Tonganoxie's First Street, where walk paths from VFW Memorial Park and Chieftain Park meet, it's common to see joggers, walkers, children on bikes and parents pushing baby strollers.

It's also common to see vehicles ignore the yellow "Ped Xing" signs and blow on through -- even when pedestrians may be very near the intersection.

For safety's sake, something more needs to be done.

For starters, a regulation sign.

What about a red and white sign that reads "Stop for pedestrians in crosswalk." And what about painting fresh crosswalk lines on the road.

Our city has grown by some 34 percent since 2000. That's more than 1,000 new residents in the past six years.

It's possible they moved to town already aware of what "Ped Xing" means.

But it's also possible they didn't.

Let's help them -- and the pedestrians who may be in jeopardy because drivers ignore the signs -- by putting up signs that make sense.

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