City makes changes to Fells Point walking signals
The Baltimore Department of Transportation has made changes to the signals controlling pedestrian traffic in Fells Point after hearing complaints from local residents, a city official said Tuesday.
The city's actions comes a week after this blog reported that some Fells Pointers thought a previous round of changes made it more difficult to walk safely through the historic community.
Jamie Kendrick, the city's deputy transportation director, said Fells Point residents complained to the city last week that pedestrians were not getting walk signals unless they pushed buttons installed for that purpose. Kendrick said that in response to that perception, the city has reprogrammed signals so that they automatically flash periodic walk signals at several busy Fells Point intersections. He said the changes were made Monday after transportation officials and neighborhood residents visited some of the intersections last week to observe pedestrian movements.
"For us, that was lightning speed," Kendrick said. "We appreciate their concerns and we are doing our best to accommodate their desires."
Kendrick also said the city hopes to install signals that give a countdown of the remaining seconds to cross within the next 90 days. But he said the buttons, which some residents had wanted removed, will remain.
"We are going to meet them more than halfway," he said.
Kendrick said that in some cases, the buttons will allow a pedestrian to get a walk signal more quickly than if they wait for an automatic signal.