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Safe routes?

Taking a look at potential hazards on the walk to school

March 22, 2014

Walking or biking to Phillips Elementary School from the densely populated area just east of Acme Street has its challenges....

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Tessie

Mar-23-14 2:28 PM

Why are so many children riding buses in such a walkable small town?

Maybe the district needs to take a serious look at how it has assigned children to schools. It's ridiculous and unreasonable to bus someone across town when they can walk to school in five minutes. It's one of the contributors to carbon emissions and to childhood obesity.

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oldhickory

Mar-22-14 4:20 PM

I don’t know exactly who comprises the traffic commission but I would suggest that before eliminating any lights on Washington at fifth and fourth they drive through those intersections when school is dismissed. Those lights are needed to protect those children in the Washington School neighborhood.

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oldhickory

Mar-22-14 4:09 PM

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This would allow cars to enter the shopping center but those existing would do so on Seventh at the current intersection. This plan would significantly reduce the volume of traffic that children have to contend with.

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oldhickory

Mar-22-14 4:08 PM

Another concern for students arriving to and dismissing from the Middle School is the traffic on Glendale in front of the YMCA. Drivers who are in a hurry don’t always stop for children. Back in the 70’s, crossing was never as much as a problem because Williamson Chevrolet occupied the space that McDonald’s now stands on. In the afternoons crossing guards are stationed at the bottom of the steps leading to the Middle school from the Y as well as on the hill where the road leading to the school splits the steps. It would be impractical to put a light at that particular site to protect the children but it would be a wise move to install one on Glendale at the bottom of the hill. Another measure that would be beneficial is that the City vacant the road between the Y and McDonald’s. This would allow cars to enter the shopping center but those existing would do so on Seventh at the current intersection.

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oldhickory

Mar-22-14 4:08 PM

Since Norwood neighborhood children no longer attend Philllips walkers to the school have decreased considerably. Those that do walk however, are confronted with cars coming in all directions. Parked cars along Elmwood wait for their children being dismissed while busses continue to roll. Cars approach from Hart on Buckeye to pick up their students while those leaving use the same narrow street to exit. From 3:45 to 4:15 it is utter chaos watching drivers arrive and depart. School officials do their best to insure that no children are struck yet with the discombobulation that exists on dismissal time it probably is a matter of time that some child will be struck and injured. Perhaps a better approach would be to make Buckeye street one way as an enter only from Hart while making Ash an Exit only from Elmwood.

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