Watch out for the children! |

Watch out for the children!

Transportation Responsibility & YouSabrina HarrisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox

Back to school means watching out for children as they make their way to school. Drivers should take extra caution while driving around school zones and especially residential areas. Children enjoy walking and riding their bikes to school, and parents often think their children are able to handle traffic safely by themselves before they actually are ready. Children don’t have the skills to handle these risky situations until at least age 10. Children often act before thinking and may not do what drivers expect. They will often dash in front of a motor vehicle, thinking cars can stop instantly. Do your part by slowing down and driving the speed limit in neighborhoods, school zones, playgrounds and park areas. Expect children to be walking or riding bicycles, and be ready to safely swerve to miss them or stop if that is not possible. Where children are present, keep your feet over the brake to stop quickly if needed. Crashes that happen at low speeds of 25 mph or below have 89 percent survivability, while at 35 mph and higher that reverses to 89 percent of pedestrians dying when struck.

Motorists should be extra careful around street crossings. These are the most common types of pedestrian crashes. Any street crossing can put a pedestrian in the path of motor vehicles whose drivers may not be paying attention or may not have the time to avoid a pedestrian who suddenly steps into their path.When you are driving around town, remember two things: Obey speed limits and watch out for our most precious commodity … our children.

Motorists should expect short delays on Donegan Road, between Soccer Field and Cedar Crest, during working hours until Aug. 31. During that time the contractor, Martinez Western Construction, will be replacing the sidewalks, redoing the landscaping and restoring yards and sprinkler systems. Motorists and pedestrians should exercise caution in this work zone while work on the road is being completed. The city of Glenwood Springs and Martinez Western Construction would like to thank you for your patience and understanding during this project.RFTA opens its new Carbondale park-and-ride just after the Labor Day holiday. RFTA buses will serve the new park-and-ride (across from Alpine Bank at the new traffic signal) starting Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The Rio Grande Trail is now paved from Smith Way in Pitkin County to Emma; and from Main Street and the railroad tracks in Carbondale to the railroad tracks and Highway 133. The Glenwood Springs portion of the trail, between 23rd Street and Rosebud Cemetery, is scheduled to be under construction until Sept. 20. Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.

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