Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Since last spring, I have been increasingly concerned about young cyclists choosing to use a private but heavily traveled access to cross Fish Creek Falls Road on their ride to school. The blind curve is intensified by the 7:45 a.m. sun that continues to blind a driver even on the straightaway toward Tamarack Drive.
I have done my best to contact local authorities asking for signage cautioning drivers, but my efforts have been to no avail. I posted three signs myself, but the sun is so blinding that drivers can’t even see them.
On the first day of school, a fourth-grader stopped, looked both ways and proceeded to cross the road as I heard the roar of a truck barreling around the blind corner going well above the speed limit.
Onlookers screamed, and the truck stopped just short of the boy and his bike.
There are three serious problems with this particular area:
Traffic is moving well above the speed limit.
Even with adult supervision, crossing Fish Creek Falls Road anywhere between the intersection at Tamarack and the private access is extremely dangerous.
Kids will use the shortest way between two points and depend on adults to keep them safe.
Please slow down on Fish Creek Falls Road and look for bikers crossing.
Also of concern is the corner of Amethyst and East Maple Street at the intersection where bikers come out of the woods onto Concordia Lane. Usually there are two yellow caution tents on Amethyst reminding drivers of the state law giving pedestrians the right of way.
The caution tents were not in place on the first day of school. I was told by a police officer that the tents were damaged by a driver and would be repaired and replaced as soon as possible. With no caution tents, there was no police officer at the intersection. Drivers do not slow down nor stop, even when the tents are in place.
There is a flashing speed sign coming from the schools into the intersection but nothing at the intersection helping students go to the schools. The intersection is dangerous for drivers, pedestrians and bikers alike moving in all directions between 7:30 and 8:15 a.m.
Please watch for bikers, stop for walkers, and slow down at that dangerously busy intersection.