West Linn needs safer traffic environment
Does the City of Lake Oswego value the lives of their children and pedestrians more than the City of West Linn? I ask this because there are so many ways that I have noticed Lake Oswego creating a far safer environment for children and teenagers walking to school. As well as, creating a safer environment for even the average pedestrian.
I ask this because when you go by either high school in Lake Oswego there are flashing lights that let you know to slow to 20 MPH during the heightened student drop off and pick up times. I requested the same in 2019 to be added to West Linn High's school zone. I even cited a study which was being conducted in Seattle which when flashing beacons were added in school zones, upon preliminary results, they were seeing speeds decreased by 15%. Yet, the city has done nothing.
I ask, because the City of Lake Oswego requested both Clackamas County and ODOT improve pedestrian safety by adding Leading Pedestrian Intervals to signal timing at crosswalks. It provides advance timing for pedestrians to enter the roadway prior to giving the green to cars. This would be so nice at the intersection where Rosemont Middle School is located. Too many close calls with cars turning right as soon as the light turns green and pedestrians begin to cross.
And may I ask, why is it that on a busy street like Rosemont there is a 25-mile-per-hour speed limit on the east end and a 40-mile-per-hour speed limit on the west end? It is 40 m.p.h. where there is a primary school, paths where I see young adults riding their bikes to Rosemont Middle School and families walking. A path that is so busy that often walkers have no choice, but to go in the street in front of the house that sits at 1045 Rosemont, because the sidewalk is so narrow. 40 MPH where you are required to say a short prayer when turning off Rosemont onto Carriage Way hoping the car behind you slows enough so you can make that very sharp turn.
I don't want to see another tragic accident like the one which recently occurred in Sherwood. The speed limit where the two young girls were killed on Edy road was 40 MPH and looked eerily like Rosemont. The neighbors who were interviewed by KGW news questioned the speed limit along Edy Road wondering why it was 40 and not 30 or even 25.
Karen Wied is a West Linn resident.
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