ST. LOUIS -- Our recent “Five on Your Side” reports on dangerous crosswalks caught the attention of a local woman who moved to the city so she could walk more.
That woman and her husband have now both been hit by cars. We took her story to City Hall and now there could be changes in her walk to work.
"By the time I saw it, it was too late," recalls Marge Foskin.
Foskin will never forget what happened here at Forest Park Parkway and Boyle last fall.
"I looked back and I had a Toyota just about ten feet from me."
While crossing the Parkway in September, with the traffic signal giving her the go-ahead, Marge made it halfway across.
"Looked back over my shoulder to see if anyone was making a left."
"It was like maybe you hit a deer. Like BAM BAM, then I felt myself in the air, and then I hit the pavement."
The driver, who had the green light, made a left onto Forest Park and plowed right into Marge.
"She said: I didn't see ya! I didn't see ya! "
Marge and her husband recently moved from the outskirts of St. Louis County to the city. They loved the idea of walking to work and to restaurants.
"And ironically my husband gets hit on a bike and I get hit walking."
So Five on Your Side spent some time studying the intersection at Forest Park and Boyle.
If you watch the video on this page you will see:
A pedestrian crossing all lanes of Forest Park gets the walk sign for just five seconds. And then, the orange flashing hand, which means pedestrians still have the right of way, but time's running out for roughly 30 seconds.
Oddly--someone crossing the short stretch of Boyle gets the walk sign for over a minute and the flashing hand for 10 seconds.
"The intersections are insane. They're insane."
Five on Your Side asked the city’s newly appointed Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, Jamie Wilson, to meet us at Forest Park and Boyle.
"Of course the pedestrian has the right of way in that situation," Wilson said.
Wilson says balancing car traffic volume with pedestrians can be a tricky science, but there is a way to give pedestrians a leg up.
It's called a "Leading Pedestrian Interval". Quite simply, it means pedestrians get the walk light a few seconds before drivers, who are heading in the same direction, get the green light.
"That's a good analogy you had about taking a lead off first base, that's really what it is, that's a good way of looking at it."
So Five on Your Side asked: Could a "leading pedestrian interval" be installed at Forest Park and Boyle?
"I'll check our inventory and we'll take a look at this location and doing that, here, too," Wilson said.
Which is music to Marge Foskin's ears.
Because as you likely know by now: "No one is going to stop Marge from walking?" we asked.
"No," Marge answered definitively. We'll be checking with the city this week to see if and when those changes are made on the traffic lights at Forest Park and Boyle.
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