Young islanders ask for a crosswalk near school

Kids these days.

They ask and plead for this or that. While some may seem to want the world, the Bainbridge Island City Council heard this week from a group of youngsters who wanted something much more modest.

A crosswalk.

“We always have to be careful crossing because of the speed of the cars,” said fifth-grader Kendall Emerson. “Sometimes students aren’t seen, which leads to an unsafe crossing.”

“There is a good chance that an accident could occur,” Kendall added. “I think that a crosswalk would help. Cars could see a crosswalk.”

Members of the island’s own Girl Scout Troop 311 pressed the council at their Wednesday night meeting for a crosswalk between Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School and Coppertop Loop.

One by one, four Girl Scouts and their troop leader Michelle Byron stressed why a crosswalk between Sakai and the Sportsman Club complex at Coppertop Loop is greatly needed.

“It’s not really safe to cross the road, and sometimes cars don’t see us,” said Lauren Mansfield. “Something bad could happen.”

The girls, like many students at Woodward, make the trek across Sportsman Club Road to take dance classes and or engage in other after school activities at Coppertop locations.

“I go over to dance class after school with two other kids and we have to cross the street,” said Sophia Byron. “We think there should be a cross walk because the cars don’t see us because we are shorter.”

After the pitch for the public safety improvement, the council asked the city manager to put the issue on an agenda for an upcoming meeting for the council to explore further.

The Girl Scouts said the crosswalk is a much needed safety feature for the island’s vulnerable.

“My friend has to cross the street by herself,” Sophia said. “I feel there should be a cross walk for safety of kids.”


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