Removal of Curb Cuts make unsafe conditions for children crossing

To the Editor:

I am writing to express grave concerns about the City’s recent removal of the curb cuts (and failure to repaint the crosswalk) for pedestrians crossing Drexel on the South side of 54th Street. This makes it much more hazardous for children to cross to the east side of Drexel to get to Bessie Coleman Park. When coming from the south they now have to cross 54th Street, which is extremely dangerous in the block between Cottage Grove and Drexel, because there is no stop sign at Maryland, so cars tear through at very high speeds from Cottage Grove to Drexel, and don’t always come to a full stop at Drexel. I sincerely worry about the safety of children who might not be supervised, who would be tempted to cross without the crosswalk, or encounter hazards crossing 54th Street. I also wonder why the city is removing curb cuts that facilitate mobility for persons with disabilities.

The curb cut and crosswalk already existed; it is incomprehensible to me that they would be summarily removed just because new street lights were being installed. Any attention you can give to this matter would be much appreciated.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely yours,
Rebecca Zorach