"A dangerous Prospect…"

There is a bit of momentum building up over an accident earlier this week involving a Unit 4 child. The latest is a Facebook Group from which I drew the name of this post:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/636829696350369/

The PTA Council email list also has a question about further involvement and how to affect changes. What will it take to slow down and be careful with our chldren?

Other relevant resources:

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3 Responses to “"A dangerous Prospect…"”

  1. Robert DeAtley Says:

    Prospect is a dangerous road. This particular stretch has very narrow lanes. The slight hill reduces visibility. And in my opinion, the stop light at Green & Prospect doesn’t help pedestrians much, because of the alternating lights for northbound and southbound traffic on Prospect (which gives pedestrians less of a clearly opportunity to cross the street). A turn lane with new stop lights at green might help. I cannot recall for certain, but I think the City had talked about that option years ago, but settled on the much less costly option of adjusting the stop light timing. Unfortunately, none of those improvements will solve the problem of drivers forgetting to stop for school buses.

  2. pattsi Says:

    Hum-m-m-m, very little posting about this situation.I am wondering why? The following is what I have posted on the N-G.
    Some of the safety issues along Prospect, especially when driving north have to do with the line-of-sight. Some of this was cleaned up when Green and Prospect was redesigned, but not all. When driving north the line of sight actually is Prospect and Springfield because of the downward slant of the hill. So to catch the driver’s focus, the location of the lights at Green and Prospect were adjusted and signaled for 3-way lights along with clearing some of the trees. Adding another light at John or Daniel will cause the driver to speed up to make all of the lights because these are not synchronized. Even though the lights at Green and Prospect are 3-way, meaning north Prospect traffic goes, and finally two-way on Green, this is still a tough intersection to cross. It is too bad when John was dug up for the stormwater management project that an under pass was not put in at John and Prospect.

    I have meaning to share the following information. Several years ago I was in SLC to attend a national planning conference. Lo and behold attached to the light pole at the intersections was this metal arrow quiver-like apparatus contact large florescent orange flags attached to a rather tall sturdy stick. The purpose is for a pedestrian to take a flag and hold it high as the pedestrian crosses the street. After crossing the street, the individual places the flag in the container attached the light pole there. Using the flag makes the pedestrian very visible.
    When I returned to C-U after the conference, I tried to get a pilot project using the flags at the crossing near Meadowbrook play park next to Windsor. No success doing so.
    Now another situation has surfaced in the community where the flags would be useful. Crossing guards are only available as with the police during certain hours. Children and adults cross Prospect at other hours to get to Southside.
    Here is information about the program and a U-tube.

    http://www.slcgov.com/transportation/transportation-crosswalk-flags

    View flags used in Kirkland, Washington

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.kirklandwa.gov/Assets/Pub

  3. pattsi Says:

    Here are additional resources:

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.kirklandwa.gov/Assets/Public%2BWorks/Public%2BWorks%2BImages/Photo%2BGallery/Flags%2Band%2BCans.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.kirklandwa.gov/depart/Public_Works/Transportation___Streets/Pedestrian_Flags_-_FAQs.htm&h=225&w=300&sz=24&tbnid=xjpEsW8R0gE-mM:&tbnh=92&tbnw=123&zoom=1&usg=__JKf3nMqmiEcib0OH_NtDpKEQbnM=&docid=QSW1iad4B2BVtM&sa=X&ei=2dI1UrmRH8iaqQGV7YDgDQ&sqi=2&ved=0CDYQ9QEwAQ&dur=5450

    http://www.safercommunity.net/images/PDFs/PedFlagsBrochure.pdf

    http://www.ci.benicia.ca.us/vertical/sites/%7B3436CBED-6A58-4FEF-BFDF-5F9331215932%7D/uploads/%7B84C476B4-E5C2-4E24-A10D-8EF5C5F80826%7D.PDF

    http://www.madisonareampo.org/planning/documents/PedTransportaion.pdf

    http://www.motherearthnews.com/green-transportation/crossing-flags-zb0z1304zpit.aspx#axzz2evvAVXPU

    http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2013/02/metuchen_pedestrian_flags.html

    http://www.kirklandwa.gov/depart/Public_Works/Transportation___Streets/Pedestrian_Flags_-_FAQs.htm

    http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pedpolicy_pedcrossingflags.htm

    http://gridchicago.com/2011/is-anybody-actually-using-chicagos-new-pedestrian-safety-flags/

    http://www.triblocal.com/park-ridge/2011/12/19/pedestrian-flags-debut-in-park-ridge/index.html

    http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=14286

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCwQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.safercommunity.net%2Fimages%2FPDFs%2FLEARN_TO_WALK.doc&ei=jNA1UqzyBMq1qQHDoYH4AQ&usg=AFQjCNGx5FNyd0AfutqAi0Ix4I0FIa0atg&sig2=ra35aQj3rDqql7Bmuudu7w&bvm=bv.52164340,d.aWM

    http://www.safercommunity.net/pedestrian_safety.php

    http://www.ki.se/csp/safecom/pdf/madison.pdf

    http://www.alliancehealthcoop.com/Newsletter/October/ActiveforLife.pdf

    http://www.walkinginfo.org/library/details.cfm?id=2933

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CEMQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.transact.org%2Flibrary%2Freports_html%2Fms2004%2Ffiles%2Fsalt_lake_city_pedestrian_safety_activities_12_1_04.doc&ei=F9I1UoPlEYXrrQGKx4CoAw&usg=AFQjCNFSQ_oEzujEvppVLh9zzgo9O00fSw&sig2=AhCxQFsGn2s8J5T5nkXUYQ&bvm=bv.52164340,d.aWM


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