Cincy council member asking for review of 'dangerous' intersections

Cincy council member asking for review of 'dangerous' intersections
Published: Feb. 11, 2016 at 3:17 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 11, 2016 at 3:19 AM EST
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati City Council member P.G. Sittenfeld is calling for a review of the most dangerous intersections in the area.

Sittenfeld told FOX19 NOW that if the city is going to become commuter friendly, fixing the these intersections needs to be a focus.

"I just want us to do proactive things like think about lighted crosswalks, various street calming measures and addition signage," Sittenfeld said. "Let's get ahead of this and make the city safer for everybody."

Eric Boltz agrees with Sittenfeld, saying some issues could have been prevented in his tragic accident. Boltz was struck riding his bike at the intersection of Delta and Erie. He was paralyzed from the waist down.

Boltz doesn't harbor any ill-will towards the driver. He cites the driver was dealing with the setting sun and was trying to beat the light to make a turn. These are the issues Sittenfeld wants to address.

"Everybody deserves safety no matter what they're doing and obviously we think about safety a lot of the time in terms of police and fire," Sittenfeld said. "That's where it starts but also if you're walking, if you're enjoying the neighborhood, you should be safe too."

Boltz believes the city is headed in the right direction, but says it's not just up to the drivers.

"This is going to have to come to the forefront because we have an old street network," Boltz said. "It's not cut out to add a lot of bike lanes everywhere. I do think the key to becoming that next generation city is going to be to educate and embrace this mutual respect on the road."

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