Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Pedestrian Safety

The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to [email protected].

Question: Hi Mr. Mayor,

Thank you for being so attentive to the needs of the township.

I live in the Westgate neighborhood and am very concerned with pedestrian safety. There are 2 pedestrian crosswalks crossing over Hillside Blvd, at Green Cove Rd and at Kingsfield Dr. (the northern end). These are supposed to make it safer for pedestrians to cross, however, it doesn’t seem to help, and it makes it worse. I will give the benefit of the doubt that most people are not aware of the law that you must yield to a person in the crosswalk. So someone waiting to cross often needs to wait and wait until they can cross. But what is most concerning, is that when someone does stop, people assume he is waiting to turn and go around him- while the pedestrians are crossing. I saw too many near accidents to ignore the issue.
My suggestion is to add a crosswalk signal- like there is on Prospect St by the hospital, that someone waiting to cross can press a button to activate the signal. This way, it is very clear there is someone crossing. That, together with an awareness campaign, will hopefully resolve this dangerous problem.

Thank you,


Response from Mayor Coles:

Thank you for this letter. I have asked out township manager to start work on getting a pedestrian signal installed there. Will also ask Traffic & Safety to see what other ideas they can come up with to make sure everyone remains safe while crossing.




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  1. Similar issue is crossing Central Ave. You need to run to be able to across the street and usually the cars will honk angrily, because you are causing them to slow down.

  2. I drive around allot I hear very well what you are saying.
    If I stop for a pedestrian other cars don’t.
    It becomes dangerous for me to stop for a pedestrian.
    I am not a fan of speed bumps but maybe that’s the solution in Westgate

  3. Please put your phone down while crossing! It’s for your safety. When people are on the phone, they forget where they are, and many times don’t even look to see if there is a car.
    As far as Central Avenue, I have to cross there often, so instead of waiting forever, I hold my hand high, and it works! Cars on both sides stop for me.

  4. Crossing the streets at the corner is proving to be too dangerous. I think some crosswalks should be assigned to the middle of the street with a traffic signal. Regardless, both driver & pedestrian need to pay attention to each other & their surroundings.

  5. One of the crosswalks in Westgate consists of just two thin white lines and is in a location where the street is wider. Both the crosswalk and the pedestrians are not easily noticeable there (I, personally, do not always notice the pedestrians waiting to cross there because the street is wide).
    The crosswalk by Kelmwoods and Radin is more noticeable and usually respected, due to the narrower nature of the street and the fact that there is a 4-way stop sign there.

  6. I think some crosswalk arrangements should be in the middle of the street with a traffic light. Pedestrian safety would improve tremendously. Also, driver & pedestrian need to be aware of each other and their surroundings, too. Both should not attempt multi-tasking.

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