However, we are glad to see things beginning to happen.
As we mentioned in the update to the last post Rep John Bradford has gotten involved at the state level. From what we understand that has at least a little something to do with recent encouragement from official Davidson as well.
On Wednesday evening, one day after the Board meeting, Rep John Bradford posted the below on his Facebook page.
A reader also pointed out something unusual happening right at the site of the videos we posted in this piece. What got the reader's attention? Some equipment that appeared beside the crosswalk at Appollinaire Drive first seen Wednesday morning.
Here's what Doug Wright, the Public Works and Projects Director, had to say:
"The town contracted with a vendor to provide “before” video footage of the Apollinaire intersection. The state is installing an RRFB and pedestrian refuge. Then, we will set up the camera again and get “after” footage. The footage will be analyzed to determine the effectiveness of the RRFBs – we measure the difference in driver yielding behavior. The town’s role is to providethe study."
RRFBs are the flashing beacons like the ones at Robert-Walker Drive.
While these beacons were mentioned by residents at the meeting Tuesday as not being all that effective, every little bit helps. Yours truly stood at the Appollinaire crossing yesterday and multiple cars passed without stopping. It will definitely be interesting to see how much these beacons do (or do not) improve things.
Regardless, it's a very positive sign that things seem to be happening.