Updated: Boston.com has an updated story, with more info on the pedestrians and drivers. Notably free of driver-less zombie cars. Also quotes yours truly.

Within a little over an hour yesterday, according to the Globe, drivers hit two 90-year-old pedestrians in the same intersection in Newton Centre.

A simple question: why isn’t crossing Centre Street at Pleasant Street essentially risk-free for pedestrians? Shouldn’t it be?

I’m nearly certain that there is a pedestrian signal planned near the intersection (funded from the Panera special permit). And, there may already be plans for a pedestrian bumpout. (I’ll update when I know more.)

Pedestrian safety needs to be the highest priority in our village centers, even if it means slowing traffic to a crawl.


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