Crosswalk changes to make Florida Ave. safer for pedestrians

Posted at 8:07 PM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 20:07:24-04

"This is really, really busy here,” said Fred Graczyk.

Cars and pedestrians were both in a hurry.

"If you're in the way, you get hit,” said Linda Kern.

When you see folks like Linda Kern crossing North Florida Avenue outside of a crosswalk, you hold your breath.

"A lot of accidents especially down there by the corner of Byrd Street and Florida here,” she said.

Kern runs errands using her electric wheelchair and like many others cut across the road sometimes outside of a crosswalk.

"There's a disabled apartment complex over here and a lot of us shop in this area because we don't drive because of our age or our health,” she said.

Now a new planned mid-block crosswalk could make it much safer between Waters and Byrd which is lined with bus stops.

"It's bus stop to bus stop and like I said, the crosswalks are further down,” said Samuel Davis, Jr.

It would look like this --- pedestrians push a button, lights flash over the road, telling drivers someone needs to cross.

"Because it's safer! You know, a lot of people don't do that. They just cut across,” said Graczyk.