Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Be on guard for crossings
Drivers, please look twice.
Pedestrians, please do the same.
School is out for the summer, meaning more and more kids will be on the streets, and sidewalks, on foot, on bicycles, on skateboards and other means of transportation, in far greater numbers during all hours of the day. More adults, too.
For kids in particular, the excitement of summer is a proven distraction as they make their way around.
However, the fact is, kids don't always follow the rules in getting from point A to point B.
As an example, we present - without further comment - the above photo, taken Thursday at 3:05 p.m. at 12th and May streets, at the newly closed crosswalk.
(The new signalized crosswalk is 150 feet down the street; see page A5 for a photo.)
Examples of camps and other controlled ways for kids to get out and have fun, safely and under supervision, will presented in the Kaleidoscope section on June 22.
Also, if you're interested in having a say in a variety of safety matters connected to transportation, consider attending the June 20 City of Hood River hearing on the Transportation Safety Plan (details on page A1).
After all, no matter what the signs might say, everyone deserves a safe and happy summer.
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‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge