Wells Organizes Meetings On Pedestrian Safety

Posted February 26, 2008 at 6:37pm

Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells (D) tonight will host the first of two forums designed to get residents involved in efforts to make the Hill safer for pedestrians.

Advisory neighborhood commissioners will be on hand to work with residents to identify locations throughout the ward where pedestrian safety is a problem.

“It doesn’t matter in which corner of Ward 6, or frankly the city [that I’m in], I hear the constant concern of residents afraid to cross the street, parents fearing for their children and neighbors angry with speeding commuters and fed up with being at risk,” Wells said in a press release.

The second forum, scheduled for March 15, will focus on devising solutions for the problem areas. Representatives from the District Department of Transportation will attend to share what they are doing to improve pedestrian safety, and traffic experts will make a presentation as well.

“I hope everyone will join me for these important meetings,” Wells said. “It’s going to take a community partnership to make a difference and I’m grateful we’ve got so many Ward 6 residents up to the challenge.”

Both forums will be held near Eastern Market at Hine Junior High School, 335 Eighth St. SE.

Tonight’s session is from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and the March 15 forum is 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

— Daniel Heim