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Pedestrians get some relief

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 by Tai Moses

Pedestrians crossing Wickersham Lane and Oak Springs Drive no longer have to take their lives in their hands with a mad dash across the street. Thanks to Austin Transportation, the experience is now calm and civilized with the addition this summer of several new pedestrian crossing islands. Wickersham Lane’s new islands are near Sheringham Drive, Cromwell Circle and Oltorf Street. Oak Springs Drive’s crossings are near Webberville Road, Tillery Street, Gunter Street and Mercer Drive. In case you’re unfamiliar with pedestrian crossing islands, they offer many benefits, which the Transportation Department describes thusly:

  • Shortening crossing distances so a person can cross one lane at a time
  • Enhancing visibility by drawing attention to the crossing area
  • Helping slow vehicle speeds; and
  • Improving the likelihood that a motorist will yield to a pedestrian

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