Crossing Healdsburg at Murphy
About 25 walkers zig-zagged up and down Sebastopol’s main streets on Saturday morning, January 28, stopping traffic as they used fifteen improved crosswalks. The occasion – a celebration of the completion of the final phase of “Street Smart Sebastopol.”
This City project took close to ten years and cost five million dollars to install pedestrian safety features in certain identified crosswalks and to build other new crosswalks. Saturday’s walkers used each crosswalk once and a few walkers reversed directions to cross a second time, for either a 3 mile or a 6 mile circuit.
The route was a bit noisy because crosswalks at important locations in town mean traffic. Some drivers stopped early, before the group had all assembled at the crosswalk, and waited. Many gave a friendly wave when the in-ground lights flashed. Only a very few failed to stop.
Walk leader Council Member Sarah Gurney repeated a safety talk she’d heard from Police Chief Jeff Weaver. The Chief recommends that, before entering a crosswalk, pedestrians turn off any hand-held devices, wait until all cars have stopped, make eye contact with the drivers, then proceed to step off the curb. Please consider his cautionary message.
Launching the 2012 season, walkers came to Sebastopol from as far away as Lake County and San Francisco to join locals and our neighbors from Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, and Forestville for this first walk of the year. Afterwards, several enjoyed a late breakfast or early lunch in town.
Walkers assembled at the Plaza