The situation at the Early Childhood Center on Brooks Avenue in Quincy is a good example of drivers ignoring the rules when someone in uniform is not there, and of kids and parents not acting safely. The city, its residents and its businesses need to make a plan to address the pedistrian safety issue.
It was so great to read your article "City official calls for major changes to protect Quincy’s pedestrians" ( I wish city Councilor Ian Cain success as he calls for a change in mentality surrounding pedestrian safety.
In your article the councilor aims to make the city a more pedestrian-friendly community and felt more public education and enforcement of rules for both pedestrians and drivers is needed. The mayor attributed many of the accidents to pedestrians not paying attention and not using crosswalks.
While this change is a step in the right direction, why not start with our youngest population, preschool children? Take for instance the Early Childhood Center on Brooks Avenue. During 2011 to 2014, I witnessed on most school days the main crosswalk being blocked and/or obstructed by illegally parked cars driven by the adults taking children to the school. How is this safe when a school’s crosswalk is not accessible? Instead, these walkers stepped onto Brooks Ave between park cars. During 2014, a community officer worked the area on a fairly consistent basis where the practice of safety and traffic flow was instilled. This was exactly what the area had been missing for years. During transportation times when the safety officer wasn’t there, the drivers reverted to their old behavior patterns
Shifting the approach in pedestrian safety is a win for all, but it will require a partnership from the city, businesses and residents to make the plan successful. There is no better time than now to begin.
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