Central New York, Community, Public Safety, Transportation

Cicero Asks Business Owners To Help Improve Pedestrian Safety

In November of 2017 a man got hit by a car and died by the intersection of Route 11 and Hogan Drive. © 2018 Google Maps

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Audio Transcript File: Cicero Wants Pedestrian Safety

By Payton May CICERO, N.Y. (NCC News) — After the death of the young man who crossed Route 11 and got hit by a car last November, pedestrian safety became an important concern for people of Cicero.

Cicero’s Town Board has a public hearing tonight to discuss what specific innovations would help with the recent problem along with asking local businesses to pay for the renovations.

“I think sidewalks would be great, especially because of the accident that happened,” owner of local store Studio 11 Salon & Day Spa’s Ann Goutremont said. “Being in a pedestrian exit myself, seeing someone on the side of the road is pretty frightening.”

Goutremont’s store is located at an exit of Route 11.

Supervisor Mark Venesky wants to add LED street lights, along with sidewalks, crosswalks, and pedestrian crossing lights, some of which will be paid by business owners in the area.

“We have a firm commitment from New York State DOT that they are going to install sidewalks beginning in June,” Venesky said.

The meeting tonight will address some of the extra funding for lighting renovations.

“I’m hopeful that the business owners out of concern for their employees, their patrons, and the general public will be agreeable in putting these lights in,” Venesky said.

Venesky attributed the Route 11 pedestrian safety problem to heavy pedestrian traffic from the neighboring food establishments and department stores, a lack of sidewalks, and a lack of lighting. He is hoping to convince business owners that this plan is not a want, but a need for safety.