Too many residents — especially kids — have had “close calls” with cars not yielding to them at the South Avenue and Cacciola Place intersection, which connects the surrounding neighborhood to businesses at Westfield Plaza like Bagel Chateau. Additionally, residents have been just as vocal with me about speeding on Windsor Avenue.
There are plenty of modern ways to mitigate speeding to keep residents safe, but for years, very little was done and Ward 3 residents felt unheard.
Finally, we’re seeing progress in action. Ward 2 Councilman Mike Dardia — chair of the Public Safety, Transportation and Parking Committee — announced the Town’s pilot of a Radar Speed Sign on Windsor Avenue, and saw to its installation over the summer. And after we pushed for it, installation of a Beacon Light at South Avenue and Cacciola Place is set to begin in the next few weeks, pending County approval.
Both are modern, effective measures for improving pedestrian safety, and have been doable for years. Councilman Dardia has been leading the way to improve pedestrian safety as part of Mayor Brindle’s “Year of the Pedestrian” initiative.
Advocating for increased traffic enforcement to slow down speeders, and those who don’t stop for pedestrians at crosswalks —t hese are some of the local issues I will continue to tackle as your Ward 3 Councilwoman.
As I continue to knock on doors through Election Day on November 5th, I look forward to learning more of what matters to you.