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Fri November 1, 2013

Clark Lane residents campaign for sidewalks on Halloween

Kate Shannon rallies on Oct 31. for sidewalks to be built on Clark Lane. She says pedestrians are in constant danger of being hit by cars without them.
Credit Sam Richmond / KBIA News

A group of Clark Lane residents spent their Halloween rallying on sidewalks near Woodland Springs holding signs asking for drivers to honk for sidewalks to be built on both sides of Clark Lane.

The residents said they disagree with City Council’s current plan to build asphalt extensions on Clark Road instead.

Traffic piles on Clark Lane on Oct. 31. A group of residents rallied nearby for sidewalks to be built on the road.
Credit Sam Richmond / KBIA News

“It’s not good for the drivers,” said Mary Hussmann, one of the sidewalk supporters.  “It’s not good for the city’s reputation. It’s not good for their ‘We Want People to Walk Campaign’. It’s not good for the disabled. It’s not good for the elderly. It’s not good for people in Mobile Home park. Come on!”

Resident Kate Shannon, who rallies next to Hussmann, said the city’s plan does not solve the safety issue on Clark Lane.

“Their plan is not a solution to the problem,” said Shannon. “I have known a few people that have almost been hit by cars trying to get to the bus stations, gas stations and other establishments. There isn’t any way to safely get down the road when you’re walking.”

A group of Clark Lane residents rally on Oct. 31 for sidewalks to be built on Clark Lane. They are in complete opposition of the city’s current plan to construct asphalt extensions instead.
Credit Sam Richmond / KBIA News

City Council said they plan to build sidewalks on Clark Lane sometime in the next couple of years. But that is not good enough for the sidewalk supporters; they want them built now.  Shannon said she is also skeptical of the council’s plans.

“Telling us that this will be fixed in three or four years sounds like a broken promise that may never happen,” said Shannon.

Shannon, Hussmann and the rest of the supporters plan to attend a public meeting at Blueridge Elementary School on Nov. 7 to further inform City Council of their desires. 

This story has been  updated to correct the date of the city council meeting.