Wednesday, September 5, 2012

South Side corridor a hot spot for pedestrian crashes - Chicago Sun-Times

South Side corridor a hot spot for pedestrian crashes - Chicago Sun-Times

Why is the area of 79th/Cottage Grove such a dangerous intersection? What do you think?
Antonio Barnes has a strategy whenever he’s near one of Chicago’s most-dangerous areas for pedestrians: a four-lane stretch of Cottage Grove Avenue between 79th and 80th streets on the South Side.

“I stand like two squares away from the curb,” said Barnes, 30. “It’s scary just standing on the corner, just waiting on the bus.”

That’s because drivers don’t seem to notice the people streaming in and out of clothing, grocery and liquor stores at both intersections — or other pedestrians who are waiting for buses.

“Drivers here, they’re talking on the phone. They’re not paying attention, and they’re running lights,” said Samella Parker, 61, a bus commuter. “Everybody’s in a hurry. You get the right of way but you gotta run across the street if you don’t want to get hit.”

Barnes and Parker are smart to be cautious around there.
Hat-tip Concerned Citizens of Chatham! Read the whole thing!

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