Crosswalk artwork
MID-VALLEY MEDIA, FILE

Approach the 17th Street crosswalk near Eats & Treats that goes across Main Street with caution. Please. School's been going for a few weeks now and I saw something the other day that was disturbing.

A couple of kids on bicycles had hit the button to make the crosswalk flashers go off. The intent of these flashers is to alert drivers that there are pedestrians in the crosswalk. As I slowed down to stop while heading west on Main, I watched four cars one after the other drive right through the crosswalk as they headed east with those kids about ready to step into the street.

Thankfully, they were alert enough to realize that those vehicles were not going to stop for them. Still, I was just stunned that those cars blew right through the flashers. I mean, how did that happen? Do people not care, are they on their phones, are they trying to get a straw into a soft drink? Distracted driving must've been the answer. I wouldn't think anyone would want to run over a couple of kids.

It also made me think about the recent public hearing on a proposed apartment complex on Main Street on the east end of town. The developer is supposed to put in a similar crosswalk, probably one with flashers, to get pedestrians and bicyclists across the highway and over to the path on the other side. That's in a spot where many motorists are beginning to accelerate as they head toward Corvallis.

I hope all involved take a very close look at what they're going to do there with the crossing's location and the speed limit and so on. The pedestrian crossing with flashers will probably end up being their answer. I just hope what I saw the other day was an anomaly. Stay safe out there.

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