Asked if he had any recommendations for the mayor, in an email Weis said:
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission recently sent a letter to Mayor Elorza advising that our city phase out use of pedestrian crossing push buttons (aka beg buttons) citywide, with a special focus on school zones, commercial districts, and the areas around recreation centers. We hope that the Mayor will accept this recommendation, which would override the recommendation made in the Olneyville Road Safety Assessment to continue their use.
Weis was unequivocal. “Beg buttons got to go.”
AMEN!!! Pedestrian transportation is more is equal to all other forms of transportation. Also, think of all the money we would save not having to replace those stupid buttons that often don’t work….Broad Street/I95 West Side does NOT have a protected pedestrian light even though the walk sign shows we have right away….the east bound left turn traffic arrow is often on at the very same time the walking light is telling us to cross the street!!!! We can fire the crew who sets these lights and save even more money!
For people who are interested, I’ve done a couple days of canvassing while I’ve been off from work, and I plan to continue it. I speak enough Spanish to be functional, but I’d appreciate help from more fluent speakers, especially if I do phone banking as a follow-up. Tweet me @transportpvd.