Crosswalk Signage at the Boston Teachers Union School sign now

This petitions purpose is to provide a safe crossing area for students and family of the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) school at 25 Walk Hill Street in Jamaica Plain. The current crosswalk markings and signage at the intersection of Walk Hill Street and Wenham Street are woefully insufficient as drivers often ignore the marginal signage currently installed and race on their way to Hyde Park Avenue - a very busy street that feeds into the Forest Hills area which will only become busier as land currently owned by the MBTA in the area are being sold for Development.

The lack of signage, apathy of drivers and rush hour traffic patterns that overlaps with children, students, families and faculty going to and leaving the BTU poses a tremendous public safety risk particularly to very young children.

The goal of this petition is to convince the City of Boston (including the Boston Transportation Department - BTD) to install appropriate crosswalk signage, markings and signs - at the aforementioned intersection - as adopted widely in the neighboring Town of Brookline: http://www.highstreethill.org/advocacy/documents/DPW\%20Crosswalk\%20Policy.pdf

In particular, note section 2.7 relating to In-Street Pedestrian Crossing signs, The In-street Pedestrian Crossing (R1-6) sign may be used to remind road users of the state law that a driver must yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk at an uncontrolled pedestrian crossing. Another measure that can be taken is that of raised intersections as noted on page 5 of the following: http://www.myjamaicapondassociation.org/pedestrian.pdf

Either or both measures would dramatically reduce the risk of this very serious public safety risk. Please sign this petition so the appropriate steps can begin and action can be taken, i.e. meetings with the City, traffic studies, fund raising, installation, etc.

Thank you.

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