TROY, N.Y. -- The Troy City Council wants to create a citizen work group to explore promoting safe, affordable, accessible transportation for everyone, not just motorists. A recent accident at the Hoosick Street crossing at the intersection of 10th underscored the need.
"It's a runway. If you look at the bridge it looks like an airport and people are like planes trying to take off," said Amy Hallovan who lives on Hoosick.
The dangers of crossing Hoosick Street remain fresh in everyone's mind following the Wednesday accident of a four-year-old girl and her mother hit by a car while trying to cross.
Thursday night the Troy City Council subcommittee heard a lot of public comment from those in the area. They warned that unless changes are made, another accident will happen.
"Most people do not stop for pedestrians in the crosswalks. There are right turns on red and people take them because they want to get on the highway," said Hallovan.
At the meeting the subcommittee voted to move a Complete Streets Resolution for a vote in May which could help make safer streets.
"If we're going to redevelop the city for any reason we have to take into account other modes of transportation that are also important and may not have been considered in the past," said Troy City Councilman Rodney Wiltshire.
A possible move to make the area safer would be the creation of a pedestrian bridge, by some felt that would only add to the chaos.
Others suggested other ways to give people time and safety to cross while helping to educate motorists to remain vigilant.
"Better striping, better timing of the signals, and medians where the citizens can actually stand when they're trying to cross," said Wiltshire.
"I know what happens when you get behind the wheel of a car. You forget what it's like to use your legs and you forget people need time to cross, have the right to cross. And so I really think we need to have the police remind us all the time," said Hallovan.
The Troy mayor will meet with DOT on Thursday to address the Hoosick intersection.
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