Dear Editor:

I moved to Pagosa Country from Denver last summer — struck by the beauty, by the kind residents, and very nearly by several vehicles.

My office is a few doors down from The SUN, and I use the crosswalk by the Overlook multiple times a day. I’ve learned a couple things about main street traffic in my short tenure here: If you don’t start walking, cars will not stop, pedestrian crossing beacons flashing or not. If you do start walking, cars still don’t stop, pedestrian crossing beacons or not.

Last week, I had what was perhaps the worst of my close encounters. I pushed the button for the beacons, waited a moment to give any vehicles a chance to stop, and headed out. The coast was clear. I was wearing a bright pink sweater and was in the middle of the road when I found myself just about four feet from the front of an elderly woman’s car. I threw up my arms in distress and anger as her speeding car screeched to a halt. She mimicked my motion, mad that I held up her obviously important mission.

I don’t know if this woman was a visitor or a local, but I do know I’m tired of how many times I find myself unimpressed with and even afraid of our crosswalk.

The flashing beacons don’t help; maybe it’s time for signage in the middle of 160. Or maybe this city girl doesn’t understand the safe way to cross a street.

Monica W. Wamsley

This story was posted on October 3, 2013.

4 Responses to Safety

  1. True Blood

    October 4, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Cry me a river… At least Pagosa does not have the hit and run percentage Denver has. If you miss Denver so bad, go back! Peace!

  2. Fred

    October 5, 2013 at 8:15 am

    What a hateful comment True Blood. People should be able to cross the street safely no matter where they live, or where they are from. Pagosa should be happy to stop for pedestrians they have nothing else to do!!

  3. Kemo Sabee

    October 7, 2013 at 11:44 am

    We all know we have an issue with that crossing. It would be nice if there was a police presence there to actually enforce something. Also lets not forget about all those lovely speedsters and diesel dumper trucks speeding E on 160 cutting people off right before the San Juan bridge crossing. Maybe a LEO, or CSP officer could actually pull those A holes over. To think?

  4. Betsy Cotton

    October 10, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Having been almost flattened by a dump truck, I completely empathize. While the flashers are an improvement, they aren’t enough. Signs in the center are needed.