I live on Oak Park Avenue and am therefore a perilous pedestrian. [Is Oak Park perilous for pedestrians? News, April 1] From Jackson Avenue to Madison Street is a long stretch, and cars are very conscious of trying to make it through both lights.

It can be a perilous stretch. I see seniors, bikers, mothers with baby carriages and children fearfully trying to cross the street every day. It is rare for a car to give a pedestrian a break and stop. Of course, that only gets you halfway across!

Last year, Officer Patterson, a real gentleman and a conscientious officer, spent hours trying to reduce the number of speeders and trying to inhibit north-south cars from blocking the flow of traffic for east-west cars. It helped, but the problem was not solved.

I think the solution is simple. In Chicago, they paint pedestrian lanes on every intersection whether they have stop signs, lights or not. I find that when I am approaching a Chicago street, the painted lanes alert me to the possible presence of pedestrians. We are a visual society. This solution is simple and inexpensive.

I would suggest that a couple of streets be selected to have pedestrian lanes painted on all crossings and test the results. If drivers become more responsive at those intersections, do it village-wide.

John Murtagh
Oak Park

I just moved here almost two years ago. I have noticed this issue since day one. I can’t believe the total disregard for pedestrians in this town. I feel like it’s a game of chance every time I run in this town.

I can’t believe it took so long to get a light at Harvard and Oak Park Ave. It’s a block away from a school! Also, please do something about Oak Park Avenue between Harrison and Jackson. Cars love to speed through there, making the business district there very unappealing, especially for families. It’s a no-brainer! What is the village waiting for?!

Guillermo Delgado
Oak Park

We’ve been trying to get something for the corner of Lombard and Harrison in the Arts District a long, long, long time. The village responds that there is a stop sign. Drivers sometimes “yield,” but we’ve seen way too many close calls. We’ve asked for a pedestrian walk sign to be more obvious in the road, but we were told that stop signs are already there. Are we noticing a vicious circle here? Locals’ safety (and their four-leggeds’) are too important to be met with such “diplomacy.” Where’s the commonsense?

Julie Kreiner
Oak Park

I agree with Ms. Kreiner. There are ways to more clearly designate pedestrian crossings. I have asked village staff to review the concern mentioned and will look for ways to improve this, and other, high-pedestrian-traffic intersections.

Ray Johnson
Village trustee

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