Saskatoon students want changes to 'scary' school crossing
Urging city to move pedestrian light closer to St. Mary's School
Grade Seven student Elisheba Taysup-Edmunds says it's dangerous trying to cross 20th Street at Avenue N South.
"It's a very busy street and scary for everybody," she told Saskatoon city council this week.
"Whenever we'd have to cross the street on 20th for field trips, some kids would go and then the other kids would have to wait because the cars wouldn't stop," Taysup-Edmunds said. "The drivers just ignore the pedestrians."
Two years ago, St. Mary's moved to a new location a block east of its old school grounds. However, the city has not moved pedestrian-activated traffic lights at Avenue O South.
Saskatoon's mayor and council asked traffic officials to review the intersection Monday, and to consider moving the lights.
Students and members of the Pleasant Hill Community Association say it's a matter of time until a child is struck by a vehicle at 20th Street and Avenue N South. Numerous cars squeeze through in the right-hand turning lane, to get ahead of vehicles which have stopped at the unmarked pedestrian intersection.
"I see kids trying to get across," said Grade Eight student Raine Iron. "But some cars mostly don't stop. I think they're ignoring them because there's no crosswalk sign."
He and his classmates also want the city to consider extending St. Mary's school zone to slow traffic along 20th Street.