Thanks for your recent report, “Upcoming site meetings … on safe routes to school.” Having missed the meeting about Emerson Junior High on Monday (no longer “upcoming”), I offer the following observations as a concerned “busybody” community member.
* There has been no observable change in bike, pedestrian or car traffic at Emerson, at least on its north side where a large portion of pupils come and go.
* Cars and SUVs bringing and meeting pupils still line up in the red zones and swing into U-turns — sometimes from the curb — as kids come and go on the same street. (Rarely does a driver use the nearby intersection to turn around; does nobody read a DMV handbook?)
* No one (except nannies with tots) uses the painted crosswalk.
* While we welcome the new audits and their findings, it is mistaken to call their product “results.” The latter (i.e., results) are what we still look for in consequence of their findings. The distinction is not nit-picky, but very useful. So let us hope for some results from these fresh findings!
Dale M. Heckman