To the editor:
Thank you for David Leone’s excellent overview of walkability issues in our beautiful town of Wake Forest. All the points he made are valid, and I think many feel the same.
I am also concerned about the safety issues due to lack of pedestrian crossings along busy roads. On Durham Road, for example, there are no crosswalks provided anywhere west of the Seminary. This is a safety problem not only for recreational walkers, but affects Wake Forest shoppers who wish to cross between the multiple shopping centers in the area of Durham Road and Capital Boulevard.
Shoppers catch the bus in the center of town to this area to visit assorted businesses. There is no way for people to walk from, say, Food Lion to Target or Home Depot, and cross Durham Road safely. In fact, it is extremely dangerous to walk down the Market at Wake Forest center’s steeply descending entrance way, which has no sidewalks to the side.
The Market’s entrance traffic signal on Durham Road not only lacks crosswalks in the road, but the signal has no pedestrian-crossing feature in the stoplight sequence. Another signal at the nearby intersection of Retail Drive/Hampton Way and Durham Road also lacks these pedestrian safety features.
These conditions imperil not only shoppers, but visitors staying in adjacent hotels who may be venturing out for a meal, area residents and bike riders.
Riding the bus, walking, and bike riding — all are “greener” forms of transportation. Isn’t that what we want to encourage in Wake Forest? Shouldn’t they be made safe to do? How do we get effective action from the state DOT?