POLL: What Would Make The Main/Maple Intersection Safer For Pedestrians?
We heard from several community members concerned about the busy intersection at Monday night's North Canton City Council meeting. Now we want to hear from you.
What would make a pedestrian feel safe crossing the intersection of Main and Maple streets?
North Canton officials are trying to figure out just that after authorizing the purchase of equipment for the Main Street Traffic Signal Coordination Project at Monday night's City Council meeting.
Council heard from several members of the community about the hazards of crossing the busy intersection and what they thought might increase pedestrian safety in the future.
We also asked you on North Canton Patch, as well as Facebook and Twitter, what safety measures the city could take. Some said it relies much on both the pedestrians and the motorists ("Take everyone back to Driver's Ed and Safety Town," we saw one of our Twitter followers say). Others said a lot of problems could be solved by looking at traffic flow and the length of time it takes a pedestrian to cross the intersection.
We also heard from Ken Palosi, North Canton resident and Patch blogger, when he commented on Monday's story: "I cross that intersection a lot in my walks and as a former street designer I know that the problem isn't necessarily the intersection; it is the drivers in a hurry to turn that don't want to give pedestrians the right of way. Add to that the drivers who floor it when the light is turning red and you have an accident waiting to happen."
And some council members thought increased law enforcement at the intersection would send a clear message that pedestrian safety is a high priority in the city.
And we heard from Christina Vohs on Facebook: "Trying to get my kids on their bikes over to the library from the Y is a nightmare. I put myself out and stop and then let my kids go so the cars would hit me first if they don't stop. They make it really hard to live a healthy lifestyle with that intersection."
Join in the conversation. Take our poll. Let us know what you think will help increase safety for pedestrians.