Pedestrian safety woes aren’t unique to Baristaville — state pedestrian fatality rates are almost double the national rate. Governor Corzine is determined to take walking in New Jersey off the hazardous activity list. Last week, Corzine announced a $74 million Pedestrian Safety Initiative which promises to enable safer walking conditions through better enforcement, education and engineering.
Montclair Town Manager Joe Hartnett says he’s ready to jump on the pedestrian safety bandwagon. “We had already begun collecting traffic data and mapping current signage for such improvements,” says Hartnett. “We will be ready to go when we receive the application information from the state.”
Meanwhile, we were happy to see the above DOT banner two Saturdays ago in Upper Montclair, but wonder why it’s now gone. Hartnett didn’t know why, but told us the town has won a grant to make crossing in front of the Valley Road Starbuck’s safer – by installing a new crosswalk with embedded flashing lights.
Sure, folks hopped up on caffeine may need a little more help crossing the street, but what about a grant to make crossing at Watchung Plaza safer, for those brave souls who still dare to attempt it?