Bicycle commission makes plans for new crosswalk
COLUMBIA - The Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission unanimously approved a motion that would place a protected pedestrian crosswalk on Broadway between Stadium Boulevard and Clinkscales Road near West Middle School Wednesday night.
If successful, the motion would also reprioritize when the city plans to add an extension to the sidewalk on Broadway. Currently, the city is scheduled to make changes to the sidewalk in more than 10 years.
Chairman Brant Kassel of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission said the commission took notice after a citizen reported the road near West Middle School was too dangerous for students to cross it.
Rachel Ruhlen, a Bicycle and Pedestrian Commissioner, lives near West Middle School. She uses the road everyday.
"It's really like a game of ‘Frogger'," Rhulen said. "I cross Broadway all the time, and there is no way I'm going to walk all the way down to Stadium or all the way to Clinkscales to cross the street. There's not even a sidewalk on the south side of Broadway."
Presently, there are two crosswalks located at Clinkscales and Broadway, and Stadium and Broadway.
If the Columbia City Council were to approve the motion, the next step for the commission would be to find funding.
Rachel Ruhlen (right) meets with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Columbia, Missouri. Ruhlen said she would like to have a safer way for students at West Middle School to cross the street. (KOMU/Berkeley Lovelace)
Brant Kassel listens in on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 19 in Columbia, Missouri. Kassel is the head chairman and discussed future changes to the road near West Middle School. (KOMU/Berkeley Lovelace)