Monday, July 30, 2012
Removing crosswalk on Bogert would add to safety hazard, veteran Ridgewood crossing guard Sandy Bartlett contends.
Monday, July 30, 2012
The following was submitted by Sandy Bartlett, a 10-year crossing guard at Meadowbrook and Fairfield near Travell Elementary School. The village council will be voting on a series of traffic changes around the schools on Wednesday, Aug. 8. The idea of eliminating the crosswalk on Bogert is terrible. Before school the drop off line often extends onto Glen and goes down as far as Fairfield. Eliminating the crosswalk and the ability of parents to park and walk their child across would add many more cars to the drop off line, making more of a hazard on Glen. Putting a speed bump on Fairfield both before and after the Stop sign would slow down the speeders and reduce the speeding cars, of which there are many. I have requested painting "Stop …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Number of pedestrian strikes in Ridgewood down in 2012; will more visible crosswalks improve safety further?
The village is finishing up work on remodeling its downtown crosswalks in the hope that brighter, bolder patterns heighten driver awareness and reduce the number of pedestrians hit by cars. Long delayed, the project first broke ground in December of 2011. When all is said and done, 24 crosswalks between Broad to Maple (most on E. Ridgewood Ave) will be cast in thermoplastic designed to look like brick. "What we're hoping is this will enhance the crosswalks so the pedestrians crossing become more safe because of the contrast," former Mayor Keith Killion said in December. The project will run an approximate $148,000. The village typically averages more than 20 pedestrian strikes a year, with most occurring in the downtown corridor. Drivers …
Friday, November 25, 2011
Several cars speed through an E. Ridgewood Avenue intersection, forcing pedestrians to wait idly
As Black Friday shoppers retreated from the crazed pace of the mall to the calmer confines of Ridgewood, they faced a different kind of threat – vehicles disregarding the rules of the road. In this brief video shot late Friday afternoon, a man attempts to cross East Ridgewood Avenue and Van Neste Square. He eventually was able to cross the road, albeit several cars later. Seconds after his successful crossing, two vehicles narrowly avoided a collision a few feet east. An hour later, it was much the same story. A woman attempting to cross northbound with a child stopped midway through the E. Ridgewood Ave. intersection to avoid an oncoming car. A horn blared moments later – another near collision between two cars. Police said in a press …