Don’t wait until it’s too late to think safety in the Highlands | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

"City, here’s your sign: kids walking home from school need more that a few stop signs within 100 yards of the school; as they have to walk a mile, EXTEND the safety!"

I read the article about a possible safer crosswalk on Duvall Avenue and 12th Street (Renton Reporter, June 6). I myself live off of Redmond near 12th.

There are two Metro routes; adults and children walk along this road all day, without sidewalks and with the majority of vehicles traveling way above the 25 mph posted. In the evening, the street lights illuminate  the side where there is no walkway, leaving the pedestrian side dark and unsafe.

When I drive the speed limit, I’ve been flipped off, tailgated, honked at and passed. I’ve thought of following these drivers to the streets where they live, just to drive the way they do!

The Highlands is the fastest-growing part of Renton, providing lots of new residential taxes. I don’t see these taxes spent on the safety of our streets; someone first has to die or be terribly wounded to count. I’m sure the city must have a “formula” of how many people have to be injured in order for safety to occur.

City, here’s your sign: kids walking home from school need more that a few stop signs within 100 yards of the school; as they have to walk a mile, EXTEND the safety!

Maureen Green,
Renton

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