The city and public school district partnership is once again paying off.
City and school officials met last week to tackle a problem that has long plagued our city streets: Unsafe pedestrian crosswalks – especially those near our schools.
We don’t know statistically whether Hamtramck drivers are more prone to be reckless than in other cities, but it’s been an ongoing concern.
Every week the police report a number of hit-and-run crashes – some of them involving injury to pedestrians.
At the city/school meeting last week, officials agreed to start a pilot project to create 3-D markings at some crosswalks to help slow down drivers.
These 3-D renderings create the illusion that an obstacle is in the way of drivers, forcing them to slow down for fear of running into something.
It’s an ingenious illusion that has proven effect in other communities.
You can read more about the project in this week’s City Life column, written by Walter Wasacz.
Wasacz and public schools Superintendent Tom Niczay have been championing ways to slow down drivers. It’s an issue many other local communities have already addressed.
There are a number of ways to make drivers slow down. The concept is called quieted down traffic, and one method of accomplishing this is to create bike lanes, which again force drivers to be careful.
There is now also movement to finally create bike lanes on Jos. Campau that will connect with Detroit’s Dequindre Cut.
Exciting things are coming to Hamtramck.
June 21, 2019