Pedestrians express safety concerns over downtown Greenfield crosswalk

Franklin County

The Greenfield City Council wants pedestrians to feel safer using the crosswalk on Main Street.

“The cars don’t always stop, and sometimes they go too fast. its not always safe crossing the street,” said Greenfield City Councilor Otis Wheeler.

Greenfield residents complain the crosswalk is too risky in downtown Greenfield. It’s the Main Street crossing between the Greenfield Public Library and the All Souls Church.

Some pedestrians jay-walk to get across Main Street and avoid the crosswalk altogether.

Many Greenfield residents believe getting across this crosswalk can be dangerous. There haven’t been any reported pedestrian accidents there recently but residents say there have been some close-calls.

Rita Parzych of Greenfield told 22News, “I have seen close-calls with my son and they didn’t bother to stop. And you had to put your hand up.” 

The speed limit on this section of Main Street is 20 miles per hour but there are drivers who go faster than that.

“I think there’s some issue about whether cars are going faster than that and whether that may be too fast for pedestrians,” said Wheeler.

Wheeler told 22News he’s crafted a bill to reduce the speed limit on roads near Main Street from 35 to 25 miles per hour. He expects the City Council to vote on his pedestrian safety bill in February or March.

Wheeler said the city is considering implementing a number of measures to improve pedestrian safety at that crosswalk. Those include adding a speed bump, and getting it re-painted.

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