(A Letter to the Editor in the July 18, 2006, Tomahawk Leader)
To the Editor,
Let me just start by saying that since my husband and I have moved to Tomahawk and started our family, we have really loved it here. This community is welcoming, generous, caring and a great place to live and raise a family.
My only problem is how it takes so long to cross the streets here in town. I have two children and we love to go for walks and to go bike riding. The problem is whenever we need to cross a street at an intersection it takes forever. I can recall many times when I watched my watch to see how long it was taking for someone to stop for us and sometimes it took as long as 15 minutes. This is of course on a busy summer day. By my standards that is just way too long to have to wait.
So when the Downtown Business Council and other sponsors purchased and put out the Stop for Pedestrians signs I was really excited. Finally, something to remind people of their surroundings and not to mention the law.
It’s now been a few weeks since the signs have been put out and I’m happy to say that when my family walks downtown on main street things seems to be getting better. However, on 4th Street I have not seen a change. In fact since the signs have been in place I have personally timed a mother with her three children have to wait nine minutes for someone to stop for her and when they stopped three cars just blew around them and didn’t stop. So it took over 10 minutes for her to get across.
In just the last week, I tried to cross at an intersection with a green sign with my children and not only did many vehicles go past me but also a Tomahawk Police Officer. Isn’t it the police officers’ job to be a good example for all in following the law? It is the pedestrian’s right-of-way and why are the police not enforcing the law. I just don’t understand. Have we gotten so busy in our lives that we can’t take 2 minutes out of our day to stop for a mother and her children, a bicycle, an elderly man or anyone else for that matter? I think these signs were a great purchase and a wonderful idea. However, if the police department doesn’t stand behind them then what is the point?
Rachel Rowell and family