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Pedestrian safety a concern at Albany Common Council meeting

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Street safety in the city of Albany was a big concern for some residents at the Albany Common Council meeting Monday night; one proposed ordinance could help alleviate some of those concerns.

This comes after two pedestrians were struck by vehicles within 24 hours on Central Avenue, just a block apart last month, and a third person struck on Central Avenue over the weekend.

The memorial for Katherine Parker, one of the victims struck and killed on Central Avenue, still stands, as does the safety of pedestrians.

One woman who witnessed the accident last month tells NEWS10 she's been warning the city of a tragedy such as this one on Central Ave. "I made the remark so many times, wait until someone gets killed there. Maybe if someone in your family gets killed, you'll do something about it," Rita Marsh of Albany said.

The Albany Common Council legislation proposed some changes such as the timing of pedestrian lights, well-marked bus stops with shelters, and possibly even a median on the busy street for pedestrians.

Albany Common Councilman Michael O'Brien says he thinks drivers should also be educated to keep an eye out and also focus on redesigning the street for high-volume street traffic.

O'Brien says he believes the ordinance will pass some time next month.

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