Greenville commission pushes adding sidewalks to improve pedestrian safety

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville city leaders continue pushing for pedestrian safety improvements, with one commission now concentrating on the need for sidewalks.

Halfway through 2016, five people have already been hit and killed by vehicles in Greenville.

Over the past several months, WNCT 9 On Your Side has reported on plans addressing stoplights, crosswalks, and road design. It comes as drivers and pedestrians continue demanding safer streets.

The stretch on 10th Street between Evans Street and Oxford Road has been identified as one of the areas most in need. The 10th Street Corridor Study recommends adding sidewalks to this entire section, but many people say that’s not enough.

Now, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission is pushing sidewalks as a priority for the Greenville Area Active Transportation Plan.

Commission chairman Brian Glover said they’ll be researching and seeking residents’ input along the way, “One of the questions that we want to discuss is, is it more important to get sidewalks on both sides of the streets on a smaller number of roads or get them on one side of the street on a bigger number of roads? You know that’s open for debate right now.”

Other problem areas include Dickinson Avenue, Arlington Boulevard, and Evans Street.

“We’ve got roads that look like big kind of country highways running through areas where we’ve got lots of apartment complexes, we’ve got lots of people walking around, and those two things just don’t go together,” Glover said.

The recently passed transportation bond allocates $1.4 million for 9 miles of sidewalk improvements, yet construction won’t begin until 2018.

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