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Readers Call for Crosswalk on Franklin Street

"It's a very busy road, as most people know, and trying to cross it is nearly impossible," one reader said.

There has been an ongoing conversation on Melrose Patch about crosswalks and stop signs. Readers have discussed where they're regularly ignored, and most recently where they're most needed. Here's a recap of the comments from a question we posed last week: "Where should a crosswalk be added in Melrose?"

Readers in particular were concerned with crossing along Franklin Street, as you'll see.  

  • Erin D said Across Lynn Fells at Lincoln/Nelson. 
  • Lory Hough, who inspired the question, said, "Somewhere on Franklin Street!" or "at the corner of Franklin and Warren (where there is a playground) or the corner of Franklin and Walton Park." 
  • Ivy Sutton said "There has been a need of a cross walk on Franklin for a long time." 
  • However, Josh Chace disagreed, saying, "I don't feel that Franklin St should have any crosswalks except for the ones that are there now." 
  • Steve Meuse agreed with Lory that either Warren or Walton would be ideal locations from first glance."
  • Betsey Benagh said she'd "really like to see one at Ashland Street, as that's the logical place for them to cross. Honestly, get rid of the one in front of Dunton Park. It's pretty useless." 
  • Danielle Geer suggested "Somewhere on Lebanon between Sylvan and Grove Streets. Lots of kids and commuters use Lebanon as a way to the bus and T." 
  • Sandi said, "Lebanon and Park, Park has a bus stop and Park leads to Hoover."
  • And finally, Lauren recommended "Upham Street across to Bellvue.. 
Jamie Michele Gertrude-Belle September 25, 2012 at 07:25 PM
why bother putting forth the expense when crosswalks are ignored by pedestrians in general?
Kathryn Graham September 25, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I think there should be something done about frankin and nason drive .. the cars fly over the rr tracks and they are elderly crossing the street either in a motorized wheelchair like myself or someone crossing somday someone is gonna get killed and the person who hits them will be sorry .. something needs to be done asap
Kathryn Graham September 25, 2012 at 09:09 PM
side walks on franklin street stink try riding in a motorized wheelchair and the ramps are terrrible u have nothing to go up or down there so nasty and all cracked.. something needs to be done its terrible the bumps and all u have to ride in the street and thats dangerous enough
Chris R September 26, 2012 at 07:19 PM
If drivers were going the speed limit crosswalks would be effective. The problem is everyone drives too fast so they can't slow down fast enough at a crosswalk to stop. Meanwhile pedestrians think they can just walk out in traffic if they are in a crosswalk. Too many crosswalks is not a solution. Case in point, Wakefield Center. There's a crosswalk every 10 feet. It's ridiculous.
Steve Meuse September 27, 2012 at 12:59 PM
The key is to design the roadway for lower speeds. If it's wide and straight, people will feel comfortable going fast. This is why most speed limits are set at the 85th percentile speed. Speed limits are not set arbitrarily ("I think 30 is a good speed because this and that", etc.), they are set by how fast cars ACTUALLY travel.

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