Kids are still cross the street here and traffic is still going 40 miles an hour. But after seeing our stories on the problem more leaders are getting involved.
When we brought the issue to City Councilor Skip Steele on Tuesday,
It also got the attention of Councilor Karen Gilbert
"It's hard to even watch."
We showed her our reports since March about as many as nine kids crossing 21st in front of speeding cars to get to and from school. Our last report was Monday.
"With your report and seeing it firsthand, we immediately contacted Mr. Crumm on Tuesday.
That's the the principal at Peary Elementary. Today the practice continues, Look at this lone girl trying to get across with her bike! A number of solutions are being considered.
"The school crossing walk, which is the yellow lit up 25 mile per hour zone is 15 thousand dollars. To get a crosswalk with stop lights where you hit a button, that's 150 thousand dollars," says District 6, City Councilor.
Another solution is providing a bus for the 58 students who live across 21st street and attend Peary. But they have to live a mile and a half from the school.
"If we're asking students to walk that route up 21st, across Garnett down to 17th street to Peary Elementary, it is a mile and a half.
But the next question becomes do they have enough kids who would ride the bus. No easy answers, and let's not forget about the parents.
"Part of the responsibility of a parent is to make sure that the child gets to the building safely."
Councilors next went to learn more about the number of kids crossing this area of 21st by Monday. They'll review it, figure it out the best options.
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