To the editor:
You’re probably aware by now of a terrible accident in front of my building at 2500 Johnson Ave., where one of my wonderful neighbors was struck by a bus and killed.
Buses and cars fly down the hill in front of my building. If the bus driver doesn’t see anyone waiting at the bus stop, they just continue on. There may be a stop sign, but drivers often don’t stop. I haven’t been there for more than a year because of COVID-19.
People from my building either cross directly across from my building to the other side — which is much safer and fewer vehicles go there — or they walk up the driveway of my building and cross the street at the intersection between Kappock Street and Johnson.
Crossing there is very dangerous.
If a bus driver doesn’t see anyone, they do not stop. They make a sharp left-hand turn to go down the hill on Johnson.
If a pedestrian crosses the street at 2500 Johnson at that intersection instead of directly in front of the building, a pedestrian doesn’t have a chance if a bus doesn’t stop at the bus stop.
Something needs to be done.
I have been to places where people who want to cross the street press the button and it stops all the traffic for about 15 or 20 seconds to allow the person to cross the street.
That may be a possible solution to the dangers in that corner.
Right now, crossing directly in front of buildings is the only relatively safe way to cross the street. There is less traffic there. If someone walks up the driveway from my building and crosses at the intersection, it is very risky, and they can get into trouble from vehicles coming up the street, as well as down.