Pedestrian Safety

RECEIVED Wed., June 15, 2016

Dear Editor,
    Recently in the last weeks we lost a child crossing Cameron Road in Windsor Park neighborhood who was crossing with his family. We extend our sympathies and prayers with the family and their fallen angel; and to the lady who recently wrote about her loss of family members killed while walking in Austin [“Notes on Kamp: Justice for Pedestrians,” News, May 13].
    This reminds me of years ago working Downtown, around 1994. When walking crosswalks there, cars never looked for pedestrians as the cars turned corners as they pleased. I still buy bright-colored (red, green, etc.) clothing and shoes to help me from being run over, especially being a bus rider.
    There will be new Austin public housing on Ben White at the Villages apartments. Currently HACA is negotiating with Cap Metro to get buses to go through the senior, disabled, and family complex like it does for RBJ Senior Center on the river. They need also sidewalks, which I assume are not there yet being on Ben White east of I-35.
    We need to get sidewalks, especially with such population density making cars impossible to use. We need to keep crosswalks painted bright white. We need more education and roadside reminders I guess, as I missed seeing the cycle lane on a narrow central street with heavy traffic (I was concentrating on not getting hit by other cars), and I got a big shout in my ear from the cyclist I could have hit!
    At the last election, I heard that Casar's East Austin City Council district in the not distant past had a school for a long time without a crosswalk even. I found that hard to believe, but glad for Austin's voting districts now.
    This is like HACA only getting Central Austin public housing complexes to have central AC just this past year. (Formerly they required new residents to buy window units themselves.) I could hardly believe both things.
    My heart goes out to all families and friends who lost loved ones. Keep up the good investigative reporting; you should get national awards; maybe if you change your name to include "magazine" (if Texas Monthly can get them, you should too).
Ruth Fischer
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