West El Paso Street Lacking Sidewalks Has Joggers on Edge
POSTED: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 11:33am
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 2:35pm
Joggers, runners and bikers enjoying the outdoors and getting some exercise is a common sight along the 4000 block of N. Stanton in the mornings and evenings. But neighbors say something is missing.
“I think it is dangerous because I run through here and I see lots of parents walking with their kids in the stroller," said Sandra Castaneda, who lives nearby.
Neighbors like Castaneda say the stretch of N. Stanton is dangerous because there is no line marking a shoulder and no sidewalks to keep pedestrians off the street and away from traffic.
“I do think it would be beneficial for this neighborhood to have sidewalks."
Runners and walkers we spoke with also say another thing that makes them nervous is the fact that they constantly see drivers speeding up and down the street. The speed limit here is 30 miles per hour but a lot of drivers don't seem to care.
“I think sometimes they're going 40 or 50 miles per hour so it is dangerous," said Castaneda.
Others choose to go for a jog at Mission Hills Park a few blocks down N. Stanton.
"This is the only place where you can feel comfortable running," said neighbor Rosio Salas.
She also agrees that sidewalks, or at least a designated pedestrian lane, would make her feel safer.
"There are hills and curves and drivers can hit anyone at any time. It's very dangerous."