Updated 03/01/2013 09:06 AM
Meeting held to talk about keeping Albany’s streets safe
On Monday, Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff said he wants to work with other groups in Albany to make sure the city's streets are safe. Last week, and just a block from one another, two people were hit by cars while trying to cross the street. One woman was killed. Thursday night, members of the Albany Common Council met to talk about safety at City Hall. Erin Vannella has more.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Albany Police Department held its first meeting about improving safety for pedestrians on city streets. It comes after two pedestrians were hit on Central Avenue less than two blocks apart within a 24 hour period. One of them, Katharine Parker, 28, died from her injuries.
The Albany Common Council met Thursday night to talk about safety at city hall and the council presented an initiative modeled after an existing state law. The initiative is called "traffic calming and complete streets." Supporters of the legislation say it's all about finding a balance between vehicles and pedestrians.
“I think that we are viewed as an impediment to motor vehicle operators. I know a lot of people talk about pedestrian error and a lot of pedestrians do jaywalk, walk right out into the middle of traffic. That's true. But we are littler and more vulnerable than the cars and even when we're wrong, I would like us to have some respect,” Albany resident Rita Nolan.
Before any changes are implemented, the council says a study needs to be done. Other than the legislation, supporters say more signs and things like speed bumps and education can go a long way towards improving safety.