City commissioners meet on pedestrian safety
By Brandon McMullen, News 20 at Five
Tallahassee commissioners and the Florida Department of Transportation met at City Hall to discuss safety audits of West Tennessee Street.
Although Tennessee Street is congested at times, the busy street helps students get to class, business owners to work and others to their final destination. With the football season here, some residents say the overflow of pedestrians is dangerous.
“The conditions and safety are absolutely ridiculous,” said Tallahassee resident Donald Ficke. “I’ve looked at the state plan and I don’t really know if that’s going to help.”
Ficke expressed his concern with the proximity of the sidewalks to the street and stressed that conditions were particularly dangerous for pedestrians at rush hour.
According to FDOT’s Road Safety Assessment Report, there has been 126 pedestrian and bicycle related crashes, resulting in 114 injuries from 2003 to 2011 on Tennessee St.
Bicyclist Jackson Reynolds thinks that people riding bikes don’t belong on Tennessee Street.
“It’s more of like a highway; its a really busy street and the attitude toward bicyclists is, at least from my perspective, is not too welcoming,” said Reynolds
Back on March 27, FDOT released a statement saying that it is taking a proactive approach to addressing the pedestrian and bicycle safety issue on this busy corridor.