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Ped/Safe committee at work on improvements in Columbia

A number of simple changes could dramatically improve pedestrian, cyclist, and motorized scooter safety. One identified by State Official Troy Hearn is the driving cues on Burkesville Street which encourages speeding. Changes are underway to change this danger.
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By Jelaine Harlow, Pedestrian Committee member

If you have walked in downtown Columbia lately or maybe just tried crossing a street, you have probably realized that many drivers don't yield to pedestrians even though Kentucky law states drivers must yield at crosswalks.

The Columbia Pedestrian Safety Committee has been hard at work to improve safety for pedestrians in Columbia, KY. A recent meeting with Troy Hearn, State Coordinator for Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs and Planning with the Department of Transportation, provided much insight on the safety issues Columbia faces.

The Pedestrian Safety Committee which includes Police Chief Jason Cross has a list of projects that Chief Cross, Troy Hearn and the committee hope will start to improve safety on and around the square in Columbia.

Mr. Hearn identified Burkesville Street as one which in a sense encourages speeding. With this information the committee decided to start with this street using Mr. Hearnís recommendations.

The first item on the list was to slow traffic on Sunday mornings so those trying to use the cross walk between the Madison Square building and the Methodist Church could do so safely. Cones are now in place on Sunday mornings as well as police presence when available.

Often drivers do not realize how fast they are actually driving, so the committee has a list of projects to improve safety including Drive Smart radar signs as they enter the square. The purpose of the Columbia Pedestrian Safety Committee is to improve safety for the residents of Columbia and Adair County.

This story was posted on 2017-09-19 23:06:49
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Safer Sundays now with Cones at Crosswalk

2017-09-18 - Crossing to Columbia United Methodist Church, 202 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener,
Thanks to the execution of the idea for warning cones at this crosswalk by Dr. Pam Stephens, pedestrians are considerably less likely to get struck by a vehicle (on Sundays). Mary Ann & Barry Loy, early advocates for cones at crosswalks, were pleased with the effect the visual cues had on Sunday morning traffic; during their crossing and return every car approaching stopped. The same was repeated for a distinguished worshipper from New Columbia, and for a popular, still honeymooning couple from Adair & Taylor Counties, all bound for Columbia United Methodists' traditional, early morning, service. Mrs. Loy suggested the cross bars be repainted, commenting, "Shoot, that can't be too hard. I'd be glad to do it myself." -EW

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