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Palm Springs businesses call for crosswalks, city delivers

By Laura Yanez, KESQ News Channel 3 & CBS Local 2 Reporter, Laura.Yanez@cbslocal2.com
Published On: Jun 04 2014 08:40:16 PM CDT
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -

In downtown and uptown Palm Springs, you can dine, shop and play.
 
"Particularly in the uptown area, there's been an explosion of shops, restaurants and boutiques," said David Ready, Palm Springs city manager. "Pedestrian traffic has increased crossing the street and it seemed to be a safety hazard."

Business owners on Palm Canyon Drive agreed and pushed city leaders to make some changes. With the help of $250,000 in voter-approved Measure J money, they did. The city now has three lighted crosswalks on Palm Canyon and one on Indian Canyon.

"They're solar-powered and radio-controlled, so when you push the button it radios the other side, the lights flash and you have the appropriate time to cross the street," said Ready.

"I think it's a great idea, especially as a tourist and visitor here. Busy streets, it makes it much easier," said Heather Bonarrigo, of New Hampshire.

Robert Demour, owner of Highest Form clothing said the crosswalks help keep pedestrians safe and lead them straight to his shop.

"There hasn't been anywhere to cross over. It's been wonderful. It's in front of my store and I love it," said Demour.

Warning, if you don't yield to pedestrians at the crosswalks, you could face a hefty fine.

"I think most cars do. Not every car yet. You definitely still need to be careful and make sure the cars stop," said Bonarrigo. "It definitely gives more visibility than just standing on a sidewalk. They might not see you there, but the flashing lights that makes a big difference."

Ready said the city could soon see a few more crosswalks further north on Palm Canyon and some on the south end.