The city of Steamboat Springs posted signs to prevent jaywalking at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue, and the Steamboat Springs Police Department has been writing warnings for those who ignore the signs. Do you support the decision?

Yes, it is only a matter of time before someone gets hurt. 176 votes

60.07%

No, the signs are an eyesore. 117 votes

39.93%

293 total votes

Comments

Rob Douglas 1 year, 4 months ago

I suspect we have a much worse jaywalking situation on Yampa Street. With the new, impossibly low speed limit, bikers and pedestrians feel emboldened to cross wherever they want. I counted 17 jaywalkers during just one trip down Yampa the other day. Bikes are weaving in and out of traffic and passing cars on the right. The street has been made far more dangerous than it was. But, as the plan seems to be to permanently close Yampa because a few influential business owners think this will be to their benefit, I've decided it's safer to not patronize the businesses on Yampa and instead take my business to establishments that still believe a road is a road. Finally, even the police are not obeying the new 15 mph speed limit. I've paced a number of marked cars and not a single one was within the speed limit.

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Collin Kelley 1 year, 4 months ago

Rob, The businesses on Yampa had not one thing to do with the lowering of the speed limit... We business owners did not band together and propose the new speed limit. The change was brought on by the Bike Town USA folks and the City. Not patronizing businesses on Yampa is your prerogative, and that is fine, but don't use the speed limit as your excuse.

If you don't like the idea of Yampa being a pedestrian mall, fine. Not everyone does and probably never will. But wouldn't that be even safer still, than the current mess that is the commingling of jaywalkers, cars going over the 15mph limit and bicycles everywhere? With no cars, the worst thing that could happen is a jaywalker getting hit by a cyclist - far less lethal than someone getting hit by a car...

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Rob Douglas 1 year, 4 months ago

Hi Collin: I believe Mark Scully's presentation to the City Council on behalf of Mainstreet Steamboat that advocated, among other items, the reduction of the speed limit on Yampa Street played a significant role in the decision by city officials to lower the speed limit.

I apologize for assuming Mark made that presentation with the knowledge and support of most Yampa Street businesses. My bad.

As for turning Yampa Street into a pedestrian mall, I think that might benefit the businesses on Yampa while doing damage to downtown traffic, parking and, consequently, the businesses on Lincoln and Oak. Cutting off one of only three cross-town streets could bring the law of unintended consequences into play in a big way.

But, it is clear that the move is underway to incrementally shut down Yampa Street. While I think that's a mistake, I understand I may be in the minority.

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Ann Holmes 1 year, 3 months ago

Street corners should be crosswalks. Why should pedestrians be bullied into walking an extra block or two to cross the street? Even without a traffic signal, all other street corners in town besides 6th & Lincoln and 10th & Lincoln are crosswalks. Why make life difficult for those of us who make a choice to walk!

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cindy constantine 1 year, 3 months ago

Yampa Street will never be closed for a pedestrian mall--ever! After all where would the parades stage when Lincoln Ave. closes? If Yampa ever closes, then that is the end of all parades on Lincoln, but that is okay with me too. Ann, I too am a walker--everyday and I see no problem crossing at the lights on Lincoln, in fact it is preferable as I do not have to run between cars like those trying to cross at 6th and Lincoln. Since when is this town so down on cars? I find that hard to believe since my recent count indicates that a high percentage of cars only have one occupant so many have to get from here to there and are not waiting to share a ride with someone else.

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