Five On Your Side is getting results with a dangerous intersection in the city. We asked viewers about dangerous crosswalks in their daily routine. We heard from many of you.
One of the viewers who emailed Five On Your Side had the scare of her life while walking to work last fall in the Central West End.
"I never saw it coming," Marge Foskin explained. A car plowed into Foskin as she crossed Forest Park Avenue at Boyle.
Foskin complained that the traffic "walk" light doesn't give pedestrians enough time to cross all eight lanes of traffic at Forest Park and Boyle. Even worse, cars with the green light, going in the same direction as pedestrians, often don't see the walkers in the crosswalk, when they turn left.
"At that location, that's something we can adjust," said Jamie Wilson, the city's newly installed Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coordinator.
"We can install what's called a 'leading pedestrian indicator'," Wilson said. That's a way to tweak the timing on the traffic lights.
Instead of cars and pedestrians getting the green and "walk" lights simultaneously, the "walk" light is activated about five seconds before drivers, heading in the same direction, get the green light.
"It's a kind of lead of first base if you will," Wilson explained. "We're all about taking feedback to make St. Louis more walker-friendly."
Five On Your Side tested it out, and it seems to work. The five-second head start allows pedestrians to get about halfway across Forest Park, greatly increasing the probability that a driver turning left would see a person in the crosswalk.
Under Missouri state law, cars are obligated to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. There are efforts in Jefferson City to change the state law that would mandate drivers to stop, not just yield, to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
Wilson is asking anyone with complaints, ideas, or suggestions to them to St. Louis City Hall by clicking on this link .