Steamboat Springs employee Dave Burton installs a sign at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue on Thursday afternoon. The sign directs pedestrians to cross Lincoln at intersections where a traffic light is present.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs employee Dave Burton installs a sign at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue on Thursday afternoon. The sign directs pedestrians to cross Lincoln at intersections where a traffic light is present.

City of Steamboat Springs installs signs to prevent jaywalking on downtown streets

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— The city of Steamboat Springs is hoping some new signage solves a jaywalking problem downtown at Sixth and Tenth streets.

Pedestrians often choose to cross at these busy intersections with Lincoln Avenue despite the absence of a traffic signal or crosswalk.

The city calls it an ongoing safety concern.

To dissuade people from crossing the highway at these intersections, the city recently installed signs instructing pedestrians not to cross.

Public works employees who were installing some of the signs Thursday said they saw families with strollers continuing to try to cross.

"It's dangerous," Dave Burton said as he tightened the bolts on one of the new signs.

The Colorado Department of Transportation will not allow any more traffic signals on Lincoln Avenue.

The new crossing restriction follows other recent efforts by the city to improve pedestrian safety downtown.

Last month, the speed limit on Yampa Street was reduced from 30 to 15 mph.

The city also plans to convert some parallel parking spaces on the street to angled back-in spaces.

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Comments

Scott Ford 1 year, 1 month ago

My office is at the corner of 6th and Lincoln and countless times during the winter and summer I have seen folks, often with small children, essentially stranded in the middle of street as traffic rushed by on both sides of them. It is even a crazier scene when a south bound driver moves into the turn lane and comes face-to-face with these stranded pedestrians.

We cannot protect people from themselves – some will continue to cross - however – a reminder to think twice will work with at least some. Thanks for putting up these signs.

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Scott Wedel 1 year, 1 month ago

Think it will make a difference? You think they get halfway and suddenly realize there is no crosswalk or stop lights to control traffic?

Seems to me that they have already demonstrated their thinking is that the shortest route is their chosen route.

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Zac Brennan 1 year, 1 month ago

I hope these signs are more effective than the 'no bikes, skateboards on the sidewalks' signage. I see people riding bicycles every day on the sidewalks.

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John Fielding 1 year, 1 month ago

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The problem is not the pedestrians, or even the wheels on the sidewalk, it is the traffic.

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Michael Bird 1 year, 1 month ago

Perhaps a brief period of strict enforcement, such as 30 days, might help all to change and assist all to break a bad habit of crossing in the middle of the street. We absolutely need strict enforcement of the no bycycle riding on the sidewalks because of the almost total ignoring of the law and signage stating no riding bycycles on sidewalks. There is more bycycle riding on the sidewalk surrounding the Post Office than the Tour de France for example.

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Cresean Sterne 1 year, 1 month ago

Maybe with some of the locals but not with the daiy changing tourists

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bill schurman 1 year, 1 month ago

What about Third Street between Oak and Lincoln? Someone is going to get hit/killed there. Most driver's are courteous and stop to let you cross the street, but then you get someone in a hurry; on the phone; out of town and do not know the unwritten rule, to stop and wave the person across. Going to the stop sign at Oak Street or the light at Lincoln is not much safer. In any event, going to the Post Office is dangerous business. And remember, NO LEFT TURN when coming out of the PO lot.

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Cresean Sterne 1 year, 1 month ago

I didnt realize that crossing at an intersection that cars can cross at is illegal or considered J-walking.?? I am pretty sure its not and if so this is a waist if time and money when we should do it the correct way. Traffic has gotton so bad down town that adopting what they do in Boulder and other popular tourist destinations with flashin yellow crossing lights and large signs that tell drivers to yield to pedestrians is needed. Simple solution that Boulder soved back in 1989. Kind of what we have on Mt Werner Circle just a bit more high tech. They work quite well and only force traffic to stop in both directions when pedestrians cross. Here is a great site explaining what they are

http://www.annarbor.com/news/ann-arbor-city-council-needs-to-change-the-pedestrian-safety-ordinance-for-the-everyones-safety/

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Dave Young 1 year, 1 month ago

How about some pedestrian protection on Walton Creek Road at both Whistler Road and Village Drive and at Village Drive and Apres Ski? The Boulder style flashers would be perfect for this other 'ongoing safety concern.' Even a few signs and maybe a little paint to designate a crosswalk would be a cheap start.

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Pat West 1 year, 1 month ago

Is jaywalking on the books as an enforceable law? Or is this a suggestion for safety? Without an ordnance, SSPD can just watch. The sign should state the law requiring pedestrians to cross at the light to give it the teeth it needs.

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Nicole Miller 1 year, 1 month ago

At our Coffee and a Newspaper gathering Wednesday morning, Public Safety Director Joel Rae indicated that jaywalking is illegal where it is marked as such and is enforceable by law. He also said Steamboat Springs Police Department officers wrote about 100 warnings Saturday for people who crossed at that intersection after the signs had been posted, but it is a ticketable offense.

Nicole Miller, assistant editor

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jerry carlton 1 year, 1 month ago

I am with you Dave. Never have understood why there is no crosswalks where you mentioned. There is a crosswalk to cross Whistler which has a stop sign on it. Cross Walton Creek at Whistler where cars are coming downhill at 35 plus, good luck sucker. Maybe if a tourist gets killed at this intersection the city will do something about it.

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Cresean Sterne 1 year, 1 month ago

I find it strange that a pedestrian cannot cross where a vehicle or bicycle can and still think that we should adopt the pedestrian flashing cross walks throughout steamboat instead of signs. It woud also help bikers cross with famiies. (bike town USA right??) So many destination towns do this because it works and saves lives. While were at it, the speed limit should be reduced through the gauntlet. 45~50mph is just to fast now and should be slowed down before pine grove and also hill top.. ...JMO...

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