Pedestrian email — sample

From: Craig Kelley []
Sent: Sunday, June 28, 2009 8:06 AM

Subject: Crosswalks on Council's Monday night agenda


Though most of you don't use the crosswalk in question, I thought you might find the Manager's discussion of the greater issue to be interesting, especially the bit about the barrels (which we now have at Raymond and Upland outside of Porter Square).

I still go back to the need for more comprehensive and aggressive enforcement to make folks pay more attention to the rules of the road, but that is, apparently, a long-term project if it is possible at all. Without the thought that one might get a ticket for ignoring a 'yield to pedestrian' sign, folks are far too likely to ignore both the sign and the pedestrian, I think.

Anyway, enough of my soapbox.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.



City Manager Letter

June 29, 2009

To the Honorable, the City Council:

In response to Awaiting Report Item Number 09-59, regarding a report on placing signage in crosswalks at intersections on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge, Traffic, Parking & Transportation Director Susan Clippinger reports the following:

There are nine intersections on Cambridge Street between the railroad tracks and Lechmere Square. Of the five that are un-signalized, the one that the Department most commonly hears pedestrians' complaints about is the crossing at Sciarappa Street. In the last month the Department has installed pedestrian crossing warning signs at this location. Because Cambridge Street is such an active street with many pedestrians, small businesses and many regulatory and informational signs, it is not recommended that additional signs be installed at the other intersections.

The Department will consider placing barrels with "yield to pedestrian" sign after talking to adjacent businesses to determine if they will take on the responsibility to reposition barrels at these locations daily. It is very difficult to keep these barrels on the roadway centerline and once they move or are hit they become a safety hazard.

Craig Kelley with Hope sign