Living Streets Alliance offers creative way to curb concerns at downtown intersection
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Inside the walls of Exo Roast on 6th Avenue, it's business as usual on this Saturday.
As she makes coffee for her customer, Amy Smith can easily look up and see what happens on the roads just outside her store's window.
"I see them not stopping. It's been a problem," she said. She told Tucson News Now cars often barrel through stop signs, and cut curbs close when making a turn.
As one of the shop's owners, Smith has seen these problems for the last six years. "This street used to be one way and people just blow through this entire part of the street," she said. Sometimes it's led to worse issues. "Somebody was hit last year. Unfortunately, we didn't ever get information on who that person was."
That example is a reason the safety of this intersection at 6th Avenue and 7th Street has been a talking point and now a priority for the Tucson group, Living Streets Alliance. The group works to promote safety among all in Tucson - bikers, pedestrians, and drivers.
"You see a lot of cars who want to turn north. They cut the curb and then they're infringing on the pedestrian area," Kylie Walzak, a member of the Living Streets Alliance explained.
Now they have a way to turn that problem around. Renderings show their ideas to transform the intersection. LSA plans to add colorful corners for people to hang out on, planters, and create crosswalks you can't miss when walking or driving by
For business owners like Smith, it's a step in the right direction. She's constantly looking out for the safety of those who pass by her shop. She supports the creative endeavors to curb the issues she's seen.
"People want to get out of their cars, hang out, do something different."
The program has garnered support from the Tucson Department of Transportation and AARP, as well.
The project will get underway in the fall and will officially come to the area on October 20th.
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