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Perilous Foothill Crosswalk May Get Lights

The Glenwood Ave. and Foothill Blvd. intersection could see a lighted crosswalk, depending on a Department of Public Works study.

The crosswalk at Glenwood Ave. and Foothill Blvd. has been the site of screeching cars, near-misses and more than a few accidents. The Crescenta Valley Town Council and local law enforcement have begun efforts to turn the site into a lighted crosswalk.

There are currently bright yellow signs on the north and south side of the crosswalk, but residents have complained that those are ineffective, said councilmember Robbyn Battles.

The Department of Public Works is conducting a study to determine whether a lighted crosswalk is needed. A field review gathering traffic and speed counts has been conducted, and the data is currently being analyzed, said Anish Saraiya, a DPW official. The results will be available in a couple of weeks.

Battles described standing on the corner with DPW and witnessing three children almost get hit by vehicles in 35 minutes.

“The problem is, the driver can’t see because of the slope of Foothill Blvd., especially on the south side,” said Battles. “When [one car] does stop, the other traffic is not stopping.”

An employee of the , a business on the corner of Glenwood Ave. and Foothill Blvd., also describes the crosswalk as dangerous.

“People speed by, not thinking,” said Shannon Realivasquez, manager of the Flower Mart. Realivasquez said it’s common for drivers to stop for a pedestrian at first, but then continue driving before the pedestrian has exited the crosswalk. She also said that screeching cars are a common occurrence.

“It’s worse in the rain,” said Realivasquez.

Capt. David Silversparre of the wrote a letter to DPW describing the close calls he’s witnessed at the intersection.

Concerned residents are encouraged to sign a petition at the next Town Council meeting or at the Crescenta Valley Flower Mart, 2900 Foothill Blvd. There are two petitions: one for children under 18 and one for adults over 18.

Battles said the petitions were started just in case DPW denies the request for a crosswalk. “We didn’t want to sit around and wait for a ‘no,’” said Battles.

Battles said that once 2,000 signatures are received, the petitions will be sent to Supervisor Michael Antonovich.

Shannon Fallis-Kane June 07, 2011 at 05:29 PM
Yes, this intersection needs the lighted crosswalk. I have stopped many times in the morning and afternoon for kids crossing the street and have seen cars in the other lanes keep going. I have never seen a kid jump out in front of a car to cross the street. I see the same thing happening at Rosemont and Prospect every day when I walk my daughter to and from school. People are in to much of a hurry to stop for pedestrians. I have seen one car stop and the one behind it go around on the curb side to pass, then suddenly realize there is a person trying to cross the street.
Spencer Gosenson June 07, 2011 at 06:38 PM
Spencer I think you all have a valid point, I have seen kids from VCHS running across Foothill Blvd, at lunch time, either going home, to the library, going to lunch or just running late for class. Whenever you, as a pedestrian plan on crossing Foothill Blvd, remember you might be in the "right of way", but you will loose against an automobile every time. A lighted crosswalk at the already existing crosswalk, is a solution to the dangerous way of crossing Foothill blvd. at Glenwood, but walking to either the La Crescenta or Ramsdell corner is a better option, and it may even be a bit longer but a lot safer.
richard nixon June 08, 2011 at 01:15 AM
so you want to slow down foothill motor traffic further with yet another light at glenwood, an intersection dotted at the corners with senor nacho, crescenta valley flower mart, two nice guys automotive, and cutters hair salon, not a library, not a post office. you already have a lighted crosswalk at cloud and foothill, plus the crosswalks at the lighted intersections ramsell and la crescenta. it would be nice if pedestrians would get across the street in a timely manner and save their stroll for the park. it would also be nice if drivers would cut their speed and use some common sense. the only people driving more recklessly than the kids are their parents.
John MacDougall June 08, 2011 at 04:20 AM
Traffic studies have shown that crosswalks are hazardous, because pedestrians treat them like invisible protective shields that would stop cars dead. It is actually safer just to remove the crosswalk, because then pedestrians have to pay attention to traffic and watch where they are going. Lighting the crosswalk is likely to just enhance pedestrians' false sense of security without adding anything to their actual safety. Either way, drivers have to see the pedistrians or they won't stop. Either way, the best protection for pedestrians is to watch out for themselves, pay attention, and use common sense when they venture into the street.
Matthew Anonymous October 21, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I almost hit somebody last night at that crosswalk. It was dark and raining and I simply could not see them until I was about 20 feet away. Too close to brake, I swerved around them, probably coming within a foot of their body. This intersection needs lighting so that drivers at least have a better chance of seeing the people. Although John MacDougall makes a valid point that pedestrians have a false sense of security, I'm sure that most pedestrians will always be like this. Should we let them get killed simply because we're too lazy to put in a light? Or maybe we should get them killed because money is now worth more than a human life? Make the right decision: Get some lights on that crosswalk

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