Crapshoot Crossings | The SandPaper


Gail Travers
May 05, 2021

To the Editor:
Initially, an apology – I was driving to Seaside Haven Sunday early morning and was gradual to discover a female and her doggy just reaching the corner to cross Extended Seashore Boulevard. I could have stopped with a whole lot of braking, but did not. My negative.
Returning soon after my errand, I did halt for two waiting around bicyclists, but they rather waved me on. They desired to make their mad dash later on, without having trusting bike and limb to motorists who could possibly or may possibly not be spending interest.
On a nice April/May possibly weekend, crossing the Boulevard is Ok for cars, challenging for bicyclists and pedestrians, and a crapshoot for pedestrians with very little little ones or pet dogs. So what do we do?
We can travel the Boulevard like it is all ours, and we do not have to stop for any person. Or we can be very well-that means but typically overlook, which has very much the similar effect. Or we can prevent for pedestrians, pondering if we will get rear-ended, or if the pedestrian will make it to the momentary “safety” of the remaining-turn lane. Or we can wait for a significant incident, adopted by point out and nearby action.
I like driving the Boulevard when the lights are flashing yellow, but I would give that up these days if it avoids these types of an accident.
Can we drivers be sure to be significantly much more aware of pedestrians seeking to cross the Boulevard? Look for them though we travel. And if we see brake lights on a auto, use it as a reminder that a person may be hoping to cross. Municipalities, you have obligation, way too. Can you give us quite a few flashing indications that say “Stop For Pedestrians,” at the very least on weekends? That’s even extra critical now that Ocean Boulevard is 15 mph, placing far more automobiles on Lengthy Beach Boulevard. And those automobiles are probably to be in a hurry.
In the meantime, I’ll consider my canine to the beach front later. But we’ll drive. It is only 2½ blocks, but I have to cross the Boulevard with him, and I really don’t really feel secure strolling.
Bob Stewart
Seaside Haven Crest

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