Pedestrian Safety in New Haven, CT
- Residents and Students in New Haven, CT
- United States of America
On October 3, 2006, an innocent bystander was hit by a car, and seriously injured at the intersection of North Frontage Road and College Street, in New Haven, CT.
This incident is just one example of a larger pedestrian safety problem. Unfortunately, accidents and "close-calls" at this intersection are not rare. The New Haven Department of Traffic and Parking reported 23 accidents at North Frontage Road and College Street in 2003 alone, the most recent year for which data is available. (A link to an article written by a local journalist about the same issue is above.)
In response to the dozens of accidents that have taken place at the North Frontage-College intersection, the Department's apathy toward fixing the problem, and given that all adjacent intersections indeed have basic pedestrian safety features in place, we propose the following petition.
We, the undersigned, call on the New Haven Department of Traffic and Parking to: 1) install walk-signals at all four corners of the North Frontage Rd-College St intersection; 2) install rumble strips on the ramps leading to the intersection; 3) increase the height of the railing lining College St bridge over Rt 34; and 4) increase the time allowed to cross the street by improving the signal-timing.
A formal, citywide assessment of intersection-safety should follow, inclusive of its conclusions being released in a public report.
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The Pedestrian Safety in New Haven, CT petition to Residents and Students in New Haven, CT was written by Anant C Shah and is in the category Roads & Transport at GoPetition.