19th and Elm Ford lot pedestrian crossing
There should be a better way for crossing 19th street from the Ford parking lot. Too many times have I been late to class just because I had to stand at the crosswalk for 20 minutes just to wait for a car to finally stop for me. With winter weather coming this becomes an increasingly important safety concern as well. I propose something in the way of either a button activated street light, or maybe just a crossing guard in the mornings and afternoon.
So this post is old, but we have new info! First, I believe a blinking light was put in to allow pedestrians to cross more easily, so hopefully that helped! However, part of the 6th and 19th crossing planning includes putting a roundabout at the 19th and Elm intersection. This won’t be in construction for another year or so but will probably cause some issues in the future. Just want to let you all know that USG voiced our concerns to the planning committee at the last meeting about 6th and 19th about the pedestrian crossing, but that is all we can do for now!
Jake Jabs commented
@NIce Guy, We hate Boulder. Remember? We shake our fists at them in our fight song! We don't want to be like Boulder
Jeremy Clarkson commented
Or just man up and shoot the gaps
Henry Gotjen commented
THERE IS A CROSS WALK.
DONT YOU DARE GET A STOP SIGN PUT IN THERE.
Nice Guy commented
We just need one of those auto-detecting flashy signs. Boulder has about fifty of them, and if it works for the hippies and hipsters it should be ok for Elm and 19th.
Why don't we just tell public safety to get their butts out there and start ticketing people who don't yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk? We have laws that require people to stop at crosswalks, we just need to enforce them.
Jonathan Lewis commented
There's a good place to cross where there is already a crosswalk at 19th and Illinois. Also, just slightly up the street towards 6th, there's an island you could cross onto to take the road one half at a time.
Keep in mind that adding a stoplight there could have the potential to dangerously backup traffic onto 6th as well as increase traffic on 19th in general. A better solution would be to have a stoplight that only activated when pedestrian's pressed a button and only applied to stopping for pedestrians. As bad as turning off Elm onto 19th can be during rush hours I cannot support adding a full stoplight there, but it appears that enough people have this issue that a modified pedestrian stoplight might be worthwhile.
Then again, you can always walk down the block to the stoplight and cross there, may be a longer walk but it sounds like it may take a shorter time...