Pedestrian safety pilot in early stages in Congress Park

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Congress Park Neighbors is working on a pilot program as part of the 2016 Vision Zero plan, which was launched by city council and Mayor Michael B. Hancock to create safer streets.

Resident Elizabeth Dilorenzo has been working with Congress Park Neighbors to create the Street Safety Committee as part of the pilot. The group, in its early stages, has sent out surveys to help determine what direction to pursue, she said.

Congress Park is a mostly residential area with a lot of one-way streets, Dilorenzo said. The problem with the one-way streets such as East 8th and East 6th avenues is that people tend to drive down them much faster than the designated speed limit.

If people are using a neighborhood street like a highway, “it’s not designed well,” Dilorezno said.

Survey answers also showed that people were concerned about drivers ignoring stop signs in Congress Park.

Dilorenzo hopes to start working with the city to implement some of the quick and inexpensive solutions to pedestrian safety, such as using paint on the pavement to show designated pedestrian-waiting areas or crosswalks. But she’s also hoping the committee can help create more lasting change.

“No one should be scared to cross a street,” she said.

For more information on the Street Safety committee visit https://www.congressparkneighbors.org/street-safety/ or email safestreets@congressparkneighbors.org.

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