By: Diane Benjamin
Instead of expecting people using Constitution Trail to STOP before crossing busy roads, Normal has put the below in the middle of some streets expecting vehicles traveling much faster to slam on their breaks for bikes and pedestrians:
Normal has these on Raab, Shelbourne, Lincoln, Willow and Locust. People who don’t drive these roads often have no idea what they are. I’ve heard reports that bikers on the trail fly across streets without looking because they think vehicles are going to stop.
One resident did a survey on Next Door, his name is on it because Normal knows him well:
Normal knows about this survey but they refuse to even have a discussion about these signs. Doug has been unable to garner support from 4 council members to put this on the agenda. Right now he has ONE, guess which one.
Doug also compiled statistics showing bike accidents per year, Raab is the one I hear most complaints about:
Bloomington has stop signs or an orange stake on the trail where bikers and pedestrians need to be careful crossing:
Normal has some stop signs too at other locations:
Maybe Mayor Bike Shop likes the sales and repairs generated by bikes that get hit because drivers don’t see the stop signs before bikes fly across without stopping. I’ve heard reports of vehicles hitting these posts and sending them airborne, luckily as far as I know nobody has been hit by the heavy base and sharp metal yet.
Common sense is missing in Normal, it’s sad 4 Trustees can’t be found to even discuss what citizens obviously despise, reference the survey.
The Normal Police Department put a video on Facebook in November 2017 explaining the stop signs. If you aren’t on Facebook you can’t see it. I couldn’t find it on the Town’s YouTube channel.
People who regularly drive the 5 roads are likely used to looking for people crossing. Those, like me, who maybe drive one once a year have no idea what to do and don’t see a Stop Sign in the middle of the road. It’s only a matter of time until Vision Zero (Go Safe-Zero deaths by 2030 program) is proven not to work here because government isn’t very smart.
Doug Fansler deserves Trustees that want to listen, he is a biker. In Normal, only the opinions of the “professional staff” matter however.