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La Crosse working to make streets safer for bicycles, pedestrians

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Protecting pedestrians and bicyclists is a long time goal of the La Crosse Community.

The city council approved a master plan in November, adopting the plan was the just first step.

It's easy to find, cars, for one reason or another, not stopping for pedestrians waiting in the crosswalk.

"It's really hard to see," Shelley Stover, Pedestrian said. "Sometimes I don't stop at this intersection because I don't see there are people there."

It's not just downtown, Mckenzie Rindahl walks down South Avenue everyday to work and said the intersection of South and West Avenues, just a block away from last nights accident, is nerve wracking.

"This intersection in particular," Rindahl said. "Because of this turn only lane people don't always see the pedestrian sign."

Whether motorists see the sign or not, Lauri Hoff learned she needs to be careful when walking too.

"My mom always said the pedestrian always has the right of way but that doesn't do you any good when you're splashed against the pavement," Hoff said.

To help fix the problem, La Crosse is hoping to start an advisory committee next month.

If the council approves the Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Mayor Matt Harter will appoint it's members, who will get to work right away.

"The group will be who we use to implement the remainder of the plan, all goals, and objectives. They'll be the body that reports to council," Tim Acklin, Senior Planner said.

They'll be the group to hear suggestions from citizens like:

"I think just more awareness for those that are driving that there are pedestrians and bicyclists," Rindahl said.

"Some kind of basic campaign would be good in the paper, maybe some ads in local stations," Hoff said.

"Even if they could make a flashing sign or a yield sign or something just around this corner area," Stover said.

Even though the bicycle and pedestrian master plan is already in place, it will take some time to see the changes that are designed to be made over the next 15 years.

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