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Letter to William Trudeau regarding pedestrian crossing sign at Frisbee Avenue

From: Dominick Calsolaro
Date: September 5, 2010 11:05:08 AM EDT
To: "William Trudeau Jr." , "aflanger@albany.ny.org" , Steven Krokoff , mayor@ci.albany.ny.us
Subject: Frisbee Ave


Bill,

Follow-up to my request for a stand-alone pedestrian crossing sign in the middle of Frisbee Avenue, between Second Avenue and McCarty Avenue. Are we going to get one?

I received another complaint this week about the safety, or lack thereof, for people (many kids) trying to cross Frisbee in the vicinity of Hoffman Park. I was told there were many cars parked on Frisbee blocking the sight lines for pedestrians. In addition, an ice cream truck made a business stop and kids were running to the truck around the parked vehicles. With the College of St. Rose now using Hoffman Park full-time, and the rugby players, Pop Warner football, and Albany Soccer Club soccer all using the fields on both sides of Frisbee, we need to take some steps to make this much used road pedestrian safe.

Has there been a recent traffic count done on Frisbee? I would hazard a guess that many thousands of cars use Frisbee on weekdays, both during the morning and evening rush hours. I believe there is sufficient vehicle traffic to warrant a traffic signal in the middle of Frisbee. This signal could be used as a pedestrian safety device, a traffic calming device, and a traffic control device (by helping to regulate the number of vehicles approaching Second Avenue in the morning and McCarty Avenue [NYS Thruway, I787, Rt.9W] in the evening). What are your thoughts? I was thinking of following the example of last year's proposal by Council Members Sano and Rosenzweig to have the city bond for a traffic signal on Whitehall Road for Myers Middle School by requesting the same consideration for Frisbee Avenue. Your thoughts, please. And, if there is traffic count information available for Frisbee, I would like to have that information, too.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this very serious public safety issue. I do not want to wait for a tragedy to happen, and someone's child is hit by a vehicle and seriously injured or killed while crossing Frisbee Avenue before any action is taken.

Dominick Calsolaro
Common Council Member - First Ward
35 Clare Avenue
Albany, NY 12202
(518) 859-5219
email: dcalsolaro@nycap.rr.com

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