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After the study, another grant application could be submitted for funding for the recommended improvements. The potential recommendations from the state would be in addition to what the city has already said it will do, Savage said. The city is now looking closely at crosswalks because of the efforts of the parents and the community of Burnley-Moran, said Kyle Rodland, Safe Routes to School coordinator for Charlottesville. “We don’t know what the solution is, but it will be some type of physical infrastructure change — whether it’d be there’s only one sidewalk on one side of the street, it could be a street move or the sidewalk moves,” Rodland said. Speaking of the city’s plans for pedestrian crossings on High Street, Savage said any type of enhancement is better than nothing. He added that crossing High Street has bothered him since he started living in the Woolen Mills neighborhood. There wasn’t any particular event that led him to voice his concerns to the city, but just an accumulation of events, he said. “Since we’ve been walking our daughter to school, it’s gotten more and more bothersome,” he said. In addition to High Street, the city also is looking at improving Hazel Street’s intersections with St. Clair Avenue and Locust Avenue. The improvements will change things for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, Rodland said. The issues on Locust Avenue are sightlines and drivers going over the speed limit.
Sometimes when you want something to be done, you have to do it yourself. You can keep asking to get something done, but without actions, who’s going to do it?Kyle Savage, Charlottesville City Schools Parent
With the way that the intersection is set up, drivers cannot see little children as easily as they could at other intersections, Rodland said, explaining that there’s not an absolute short-term plan for Locust Avenue. But there is the possibility of putting a crossing guard there. “Locust Avenue is the biggest challenge with immediate action,” he said. No one has been injured at these locations, he said, but parents avoid walking in these areas because they feel unsafe. “We rely on feedback from the community,” he said. “They’re engaged and deserve a lot of credit.”
We don’t know what the solution is, but it will be some type of physical infrastructure change — whether it’d be there’s only one sidewalk on one side of the street, it could be a street move or the sidewalk movesKyle Rodland, Safe Routes to School coordinator for Charlottesville