WESTFIELD, NJ — A town commissioned report from two years ago recommends safety improvements at an intersection where a driver hit a teenage bicyclist Monday.
The 13-year-old girl from Westfield was taken to Overlook Medical Center in Summit after reporting pain in her arm following the crash at 6:34 p.m., Sgt. Michael Walsh said.
The driver had been stopped at a light before heading west in the left lane of North Avenue and hitting the bicyclist, who was riding south on Central Avenue, Walsh said. As of Wednesday, the police report did not show tickets issued for the driver, a 64-year-old Westfield man, Walsh said.
Central and North avenues is among intersections identified as a trouble spot by a 2019 Westfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan the town commissioned for recommending safety improvements town-wide.
The plan funded through a state Department of Transportation grant recommends new pedestrian signal heads be installed and higher visibility crosswalks be added to the intersection.
The plan had warned of “visibility conflicts” at Central Avenue’s intersection with North Avenue. The plan for which the town had solicited public feedback through an online map says that 22 people identified that intersection as a trouble spot.
“A primary purpose of the mapping tool was to graphically locate and identify problem areas and opportunities based on local knowledge,” the report says. “Wikimap users identified 77 problem corridors and 244 problem spots.”
The intersection of Central and North avenues, according to the report, drew the greatest number of comments. The crossings of Central and South avenues, and Elm Street and North Avenue were the second and third most frequently identified trouble spots, the report says.
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