Yielding For Pedestrians on Seventh Street

Mayor Don Brudie warns pedestrians to never place undue reliance on the "Yield for Pedestrian in Crosswalk" signs.

In a recent Mayor's Message, Don Brudie reminded residents of the "Yield for Pedestrian in Crosswalk" signs at the three mid-block crosswalks on Seventh Street.

According to state vehicle and traffic laws, motorists must yield to pedestrians crossing the roadway within the striped crosswalk. Further, any cars approaching the stopped vehicle are not permitted to pass.

"The Garden City Police Department has been instructed to vigorously enforce these regulations and your cooperation when driving on Seventh Street and Rockaway Avenue near the east entrance to the Middle School will help to make these crosswalks safer for pedestrians," Brudie said.

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Garden City Patch Facebook fan Tamara L Friend said every time she's driven Seventh Street cars have stopped as they should. "I've also had no trouble with cars stopping for me crossing 7th as a pedestrian," she said.

Fellow fan Elizabeth Santos agreed, adding, "My children and I often walk through downtown in the spring. Cars seem to respect the pedestrians at the crosswalks on 7th St."

Jennifer Smith-Zupicich, another Facebook fan, said she's seen many cars drive through the crosswalk closer to Hilton Avenue more often than the one closer to Dunkin' Donuts. "I feel there should be a slower speed limit and no U-turns allowed also," she said. "There is a lot of activity going on with cars and pedestrians, people need to be aware of everything."

A Seventh Street merchant adds, "We've seen many occasions where cars just drive straight on though. This type of crossing is not very common; drivers may be unaccustomed to stopping. Have seen the signs down a few times as well. Frighteningly, it only takes one over confident child darting across and a careless motorist for disaster to occur. Love to see alternate methods ( speed bump, new signs, a full stop...) to protect everyone!"

Mayor Brudie warned pedestrians to never place "undue reliance" on the "Yield for Pedestrian in Crosswalk" signs. "Even though the law requires vehicles to yield the right-of-way - they may not do so," he said.

Do motorists yield for you while using the crosswalks on Seventh Street? Let us know in the comments section below.

George February 11, 2013 at 11:37 AM
I'd have to say 90% of the vehicles I've encountered, stop. BUT, GCPD - Please continue your quality of life efforts to enforce this......would also like to see more speading enforcement on Clinton/Washington....thanks, your work is appreciated!
Jack O'Niel February 11, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Speeding enforcement throughout the Village! It's a raceway out there with little to no visible presence of the GCPD.
Steve F February 11, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Wouldnt mind some 20 MPH speedbumps on roads like Rockaway, Merillon, and Main
George February 12, 2013 at 12:15 PM
...all true.....even though we see the truck stop data, what about cars? On any given weekday I bet 7 out of 10 cars speed on Clinton/Washington/Rockaway/Stewart.....Can the GCPD provide data on the number of Cars stopped for speeding in the village?
George February 14, 2013 at 09:27 AM
Can the Patch solicit statements from GCPD regarding car speeding? They do such a great job on many fronts (response time, neighbor disputes, crime prevention, Youth Involvement....) but the speeding around town does continue....just curious. Thx.


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