Letter to the Editor - March 14, 2019
‘Crosswalk and flashing lights are being ignored’
Over 3 years now, I have brought up the need for a “pedestrian-controlled” traffic light at the corner of Seven Farms and Bucksley (Pier View) at three community meetings with the police present to listen.
Nothing has changed.
The crosswalk and the flashing lights are being ignored by most drivers. I live on this corner and I watch the poor pedestrians and bike riders wait and wait for someone to stop and allow them to cross. It is extremely dangerous as drivers are going too fast, texting and NOT slowing down to stop and let people cross!
As a community, we need to keep talking until someone listens and does something about this “accident waiting to happen.”
On St. Petersburg beach in Florida, where I used to live, we had pedestrian-controlled stop lights. There is one at the airport- from the parking garage.
This sentiment is being spoken about by several other residents today, and we all feel that when the roundabout occurs (at Seven Farms Drive and Daniel Island Drive), the pedestrian and bike crossing will only get worse.
I am extremely happy that the business community has the power to get the city to provide a permanent traffic light for the Publix-Refuel location for pedestrian/bike crossing to be safer. I wish the residents had the same power.