Recently, while I was out for an afternoon shopping expedition, I made the grievous error of crossing State Street at 94th (I was leaving the west side of State and crossing to the Northeast corner of 94th), as you may or may not know there is no crosswalk there.
I have lived in Marysville about seven years and had no clue that what I did was considered jaywalking and I could have been given a ticket for $125. I did not impede traffic nor was my safety ever an issue. At 55 years old I do know how to safely cross a street without a light.
The only crosswalks in the area are at 92nd and then all the way up by Fred Meyer.
Today, I walked down 94th and wanted to go to McDonald’s. In order to accomplish this I would have had to double back to 92nd or do as I did and walk to the Fred Meyer’s corner, cross there (which is another horror story in itself) and then double back anyways.
Traffic on State is a nightmare 90 percent of the time and crossing even at the crosswalks is a hazard. Is this city so anti-walkers that there can’t be a crosswalk installed somewhere in between? Are there not people who make big bucks with college degrees sitting in city hall who could help with this issue?
Sorry, I’m just a little peeved because it seems that unless you drive, you don’t matter,
Okay, my challenge is this — candidates running for mayor — want my vote this month? Let me know what your idea would be.