Sometimes you just have to go guerrilla: creating needed crosswalks
So apparently the Montgomery County Department of Transportation doesn't want to put a crosswalk desired by residents in Clarksburg, until they get around to a scheduled road improvement project. See "Montgomery County denies request from Clarksburg parents to mark crosswalk: Clarksburg Elementary School parents say there have been close calls" from the Gazette.
In other communities, including New Haven and Baltimore, fed up residents tired of waiting for a crosswalk painted their own. Also see "Urbanist Manifesto: Grab Your Spray Paint, 'Cause City Planning's Going DIY" from Building Green.
From "Caution: Guerrilla Crosswalk Ahead" in the New Haven Independent:
Frustrated by the lack of a crosswalk on a busy Whitney Avenue stretch, street-painters took matters into their own hands—and, in the view of a lawmaker down the block, inadvertently made the street more dangerous for pedestrians.
The new DIY crosswalk appeared early Sunday morning at the corner of Audubon Street and Whitney Avenue. It’s a homespun affair, comprising a column of spray-painted rectangles connecting the north corner of Audubon with the sidewalk in front of Gourmet Heaven and Moe’s Southwest Grill, on the west side of Whitney.
Below is the crosswalk that people are concerned about.
Brian Lewis/The Gazette Several families of elementary school-age children cross Stringtown Road to their Observation Drive neighborhood and wait in the median for traffic to clear. Families would like a marked crosswalk installed instead of busing students to Clarksburg Elementary School.
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