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Southern Eyes

Last week in my column, I reported that the fire hydrant in front of my house was hidden behind vines.

This week, I am happy to say the problem is taken care of and the hydrant stands out prominently on the corner.

I wish I could credit my column for getting that work done.

But it must've been on the city's "to do" list, because it actually was done the day before the paper came out (which would be the day after I wrote the column).

But since I'm writing about the nameless, faceless "city," I have another issue to discuss.

The crosswalks on Main Street downtown are beautiful.

I love having them, and take advantage of them often. But they seem to be invisible to motorists.

I can report from experience that very few motorists stop for a pedestrian standing at a crosswalk.

I just happen to be a strong-willed pedestrian who knows my rights.

I don't always wait for the motorists to stop before I step out there.

Now, before you get all hyper, know that I do value my own life and I choose to only step out in front of motorists who have sufficient time to apply their brakes. But I have to admit, the longer I've been doing this, the more my rights-driven will is being broken.

Vehicles do not travel slowly down Main Street no matter what time of day it is. So my bravery is waning.

In fact, I'm considering starting a petition to have an elevated bridge built across Main Street so that pedestrians can walk over the top of the vehicles.

The more I cross the street, the more worried I become that I will be the subject of Billy W. Hobbs' next breaking news story: "Strong-willed pedestrian struck by truck."

I've heard I'm not the only one to express this concern. Some out-of-town visitors recently walked into the Chamber of Commerce after visiting Aunt Tiques and Uncle Junks, the museum, and having lunch at Ivery's Restaurant.

Chamber Director Carolyn Gilbert encouraged them to walk across the street to have dessert at The Big Dipper.

The visitors told her there was no way they were going to try and walk across that street again!

Obviously, we do have a problem in that area. I wish I had an answer.

I don't know if there should be road signs identifying the crosswalks, some actual enforcement of the law, a bunch of speed bumps, crossing guards, crossing bridges or all of the above.

Of course, the real answer would be polite motorists.

Until that happens, I'll stand on the roadside and wait.

Billy's got enough to write to write about as it is.

Web posted on Thursday, October 01, 2009

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