Members of the newly formed West Rox Walks recently walked the roughly mile-long stretch of Centre Street from the Holy Name rotary to Weld Street survey the street and compile notes on how to make the street safer - mainly for pedestrians, but also for bicyclists and drivers.
The group decided to walk that section as the neighborhood awaits proposals promised by the city to make the stretch from the rotary to Spring Street safer following Marilyn Wentworth's death as she crossed Centre at Hastings Street in February.
In a report on their walk, they start by saying the road is "not for the faint of heart" for pedestrians, because motorists treat it more like a highway than a neighborhood street and routinely ignore the official 25-m.p.h. speed limit.
In addition to police enforcement, the group says the city could force motorists to slow down by narrowing travel lanes - which would allow for installation of protected bicycle lanes - putting up much larger speed-limit signs and flashing speed signs, and reducing the road immediately outside the rotary to just one lane. Also recommended: Banning parking right next to crosswalks - and increasing walk times at current crosswalks.