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  • dmccall Nov 13, 5:41 p.m.

    Here are some more best practices: Tell pedestrians to own part of the responsibility for these accidents. The city's response has been strictly aimed at cars, with no notion of improving the behavior of the pedestrian. Advise pedestrians to use crosswalks, USE SIDEWALKS when available, cross streets perpendicularly, look left, right, and left again, and finally MAKE EYE CONTACT WITH THE ONCOMING DRIVER BEFORE STEPPING INTO THE CAR'S ULTIMATE PATH.

    With boats the less-nimble vessel has right of way over the more nimble. Pedestrians have numerous options for crossing, and have more control over their direction. Cars have only one path with no alternative. Therefore it is not fair to put the mass of responsibility for that rating on drivers.

    Cars and pedestrians must SHARE THE ROAD, and the burden of a low pedestrian safety rating. Safety would vastly improve if the city would treat each side fairly.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 13, 4:34 p.m.

    "how about some bond money to Athens Drive High School? Check out Stadium Drive and Williams Stadium - that is where bond money is needed!"

    By all means let us keep burying the kids in debt. They will need these walkways, they will not be able to buy even a scooter as most of any money they might earn will be seized by the Government. This is classic. AH... I want stuff, but make sure someone else pays for it. Once the taxes are horrific, I will move on to a lower tax place and then demand stuff all over again.

  • JoeFreedom Nov 13, 3:56 p.m.

    @rbenton - This was a Raleigh bond, not a Wake county bond, so it will only benefit (and cost) Raleigh residents.

  • rbenton Nov 13, 12:41 p.m.

    How about putting some sidewalks in southern Wake? It sure would be nice if I could walk out my front door and go to the gas station 3 doors down...without being worried about getting hit by the 55 mph traffic!! I'm sure my daughter would like to hop on her skateboard and do the same thing. It would be really great if the area realized that there was more to Wake County than RALEIGH!

  • hollylama Nov 13, 12:23 p.m.

    Wow...."crime ridden areas". Where's the map showing that? They seem like areas where there is a great deal of shopping.

  • hkymom Nov 13, 12:19 p.m.

    how about some bond money to Athens Drive High School? Check out Stadium Drive and Williams Stadium - that is where bond money is needed!

  • I am not who you think I am Nov 13, 12:07 p.m.

    Maybe Raleigh and for that matter NC should educate drivers about pedestrians, turn signals and right on red

  • doghousebrewery Nov 13, 11:25 a.m.

    Yeah, while they are doing this, maybe try an education program. Apparently only a small handful of people are able to comprehend the meaning of the two icons on the current crosswalk signs. I guess that a sign with a palm and one with a walking stick figure are confusing. Not to mention the beeping, the changing colors from white to red/orange and a countdown timer throws some into a tizzy.

  • Not_Time_Yet Nov 13, 11:19 a.m.

    When walking in Cary we usually avoid crossing at crosswalks since they are so dangerous. Middle of the block is safer since you don't have the "Right-turn-without-slowing-down" drivers. So want to make walking safer and more friendly, move the crosswalks from the intersections to the middle of the block.

  • FE Nov 13, 11:17 a.m.

    I always find stories of this type interesting.

    My Raleigh neighborhood ALREADY has sidewalks, on both sides of the streets.

    However, it is a common practice for groups to walk 3 or 4 abreast, and to a certain extent DARE you to ask them to move.

    Go figure . . . .

  • DukeFan23 Nov 13, 11:17 a.m.

    So basically they are putting sidewalks in all the crime ridden areas?

  • OGE Nov 13, 11:16 a.m.

    how about people stop Jay Walking!

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