On April 13 a pedestrian was struck and seriously injured while in a crosswalk on Springfield Avenue in Cranford.

As a volunteer on Cranford’s First Aid Squad, I’m aware of at least 4 pedestrian fatalities on that road, and many more injuries, over the past 5 years. Whether it’s young people walking to school, commuters walking home from work or parents taking their children to Nomahegan Park, pedestrians are at risk crossing Springfield Avenue and we should take action.

Most of Springfield Avenue has a speed limit of 35 MPH, which is too fast, considering the number of pedestrians trying to cross the street.

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Studies show that a pedestrian struck by a vehicle moving at 20 MPH has about a 5% chance of being killed, one struck at 30 MPH has about a 45% chance, while someone struck at 40 MPH has an 80% chance. So the speed limit on a road can make a big difference, especially on a road with school and commuter traffic.

I am asking Cranford residents to take action and reduce the speed limit on Springfield Avenue. Ultimately, Union County sets the speed limit but Cranford residents deserve to have a say in the matter.

I urge all Cranford residents concerned about safety on Springfield Avenue to join me in contacting both Cranford Township (6 Springfield Ave.) and Union County Department of Public Safety (300 North Ave. E., Westfield, NJ 07090).

Springfield Avenue should not be simply a convenient bypass for people on the way to other places. The safety of residents must be our top priority.

 
Kent Lucas
17 Beech Street, Cranford