Is there a rumor you'd like tracked down? Rory Linnane answers some of the mysteries of life in Brookfield and helps solve everyday problems.
Reader worried about pedestrians at Kinsey Park
Question: A reader said she has noticed pedestrians having to run "at breakneck speeds" to cross Elm Grove Road at Robinwood Street to get to and from Kinsey Park, especially after 5 p.m., when drivers are commuting home from the Bishop's Woods office park. She asked: "Has there been any discussion to putting a pedestrian crossing sign with the reminder that you are to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk? I am afraid that someone is going to get hit since the crossing is at the bottom of two hills."
Response: At the intersection of Elm Grove Road and Robinwood Street, there are signs in both directions warning drivers of the impending crosswalk to Kinsey Park, but the signs are marked with bicycles.
Public Works Director Tom Grisa said the crosswalk is meant to be for both bikes and pedestrians, but the city decided to choose just one for the signs. They went with bikes because they thought the path would be more often used by bikers as part of the city's Greenway Corridor plan. Grisa said cars should stop and yield to anyone crossing the road there, but it is difficult to enforce.
"I'd like to tell you the signs make a big difference," Grisa said. "More often than not it's driver behavior. We can't drive the vehicles for the people."
Even though pedestrians have the right of way in the intersection, he urged them to be extra careful when crossing.
"I tell people all the time, you as a pedestrian and bicyclist still have a responsibility to make sure that motorists are aware of your presence, because even if you have the right of way, it doesn't help when you're lying on the pavement and you got hit by a car."
Submit your question for Ask NOW by sending an email to Rory Linnane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
- Ask Now: Does Brookfield have the third-largest tax base in the state?
- Ask Now: Wireless dead zones, what is to be done?
- Ask Now: Are there any plans for the Old Toll Road Village site in Brookfield?
- Ask Now: What's happening in Brookfield at I-94 and Moorland?
- Brookfield and Elm Grove Ask Now: When will the Watertown Plank railroad crossing be smoother?
- Ask Now: Path sharing problems in Brookfield?
- Ask Now: Is Mitchell Park getting winter recreational trials?
- Ask Now: Is the roundabout at Brookfield Road and North Avenue working as it should?
- Ask Now: How long will 124th Street be closed?
- Ask Now: Is Big Brother watching you?
- Ask Now: Which has more park space per resident — the City of Brookfield, or Elm Grove?
- Brookfield and Elm Grove Ask Now: The weeds are back — who is responsible?
- Brookfield and Elm Grove Ask Now: Will sidewalks remain after North Avenue is widened?
- Brookfield and Elm Grove Ask Now: Is River Birch Drive a public trail or a private drive?
- Ask Now: Is Goodwill still coming to Brookfield?
- Ask Now: Traffic signal, but no traffic?
- Ask Now: What's going on with Capitol Heights?
- Ask Now: Are well owners hooked up to city water required to get permit?
- Ask Now: Elm Grove looks toward more walking paths
- Ask Now: What's going on with Plaza 173?