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Poll: Safer Streets for Pedestrians?

Since a pedestrian was hit and killed by a car Saturday, do you think any local streets need to be safer for pedestrians or do people just need to be more careful? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts.

A 62-year-old San Gabriel while crossing San Gabriel Boulevard just north of Sheffield Road around 10 p.m. Saturday night, City News Service reported, and some Patch readers have responded about questionable pedestrian safety on local streets.

Here’s what some Patch readers had to say:

William deLorimier:
"I live close by San Gabriel Bl. It is not well lit in areas and pedestrians crossing without the aid of a crosswalk are risking their lives."

Frank Pazasis (on the San Marino Patch facebook page):
"It is really dark on the portion of San Gabriel Blvd. Right in my neighborhood. Lots of people have been hanging around the bus stop outside of the market at night... and if they are going to cross the road not at the crosswalk, this could happen again soon."

mm:
"The police never ticket anyone who is taking their daily walks in the middle of the street and never use sidewalk or crosswalks."

According to City News Service, the 35-year-old driver of the car that struck the man Saturday night was first unaware that he had hit a person.

He "exited his vehicle and saw an object in the middle of the roadway and began running towards the dark object and upon arrival determined the dark object to be a human with a severe head injury," CHP officer M. Yasutake told CNS.

Do you think certain local streets need to be made safer for pedestrians or do drivers and pedestrians just need to be safer? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts below.

Incidentally, San Marino Police started targeting motorists April 23, when and students began a three week challenge to walk or ride their bikes to school every morning due to a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grant from the federal government. The grant aims to encourage students to walk or bicycle to and from school instead of being driven to school and will be used to educate and encourage students and drivers to use safe practices on their commute, especially as they travel on Huntington Drive, according to Safe Routes to School Grant Coordinator Mary Ulin.

Take our poll about pedestrian safety below.

smhs '12 May 03, 2012 at 01:13 AM
First, I think the recent accident on San Gabriel Blvd is a combination of bad luck, bad design, and bad choices. The driver should be more vigilant, but the pedestrian should not be crossing there. San Gabriel Blvd is the site of MANY accidents every year. Since the road is sloped, curvy, and high-speed, there are accidents all the time. It is unfortunate that the street gets little attention since half the residents live in SM, and half live in the county. That dilutes the voice, compared to the efforts of all the people who live on Los Robles to slow that street down. For San Gabriel Blvd, there needs to be more flashing lights warning of a danger zone, and more street lights. Also because of the street split between two cities, it is harder for them to vocalize the need for better street infrastructure. Right now, there is only one single street light for each intersection, but there needs to be lights all over the street, just like many other SM streets. Lane marking bumps, the circular ones that separate lanes, should also be applied perpendicular to the road, alerting drivers of the curves and the downhill slope.
Jessica Hamlin May 03, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Wow, you've given this a lot of thought! Have you ever been to a San Marino Traffic Commission meeting? It looks like you have a lot of input.
smhs '12 May 04, 2012 at 03:33 AM
No, I haven't been to a Traffic Commission meeting before. I'm under 21 years old, so I think I need more age and maturity to give a convincing argument. I do live in SM about a block away from San Gabriel Blvd, so I do hear/see about 3-4 big accidents every year on that street.

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