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Save the Metra\Harlem Ave Pedestrian Crosswalk

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SAVE THE METRA HARLEM AVENUE PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALK AND SAVE LIVES in Berwyn! BNSF, with the blessing of Metra, is permanently closing the pedestrian crosswalk (the crosswalk is approx. at Maple Avenue), in conjunction with the current platform construction. They state "safety" is the reason and are directing people to Harlem Avenue to cross. We say KEEP THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALK OPEN because directing people (commuters, students and local walking traffic) to Harlem Avenue poses a BIGGER RISK of injury or death to the many people who previously used the pedestrian crosswalk. The car traffic on Harlem Avenue is extremely busy and dangerous at the tracks. Many drivers disregard the traffic lights, especially at Harlem and Stanley; and other drivers heading North on Harlem cause dangerous situations when they find themselves stuck on the tracks because of someone ahead waiting to make a left turn into Riverside. The cars dart out of that lane and cause accidents (as was just witnessed about 6 p.m. on 9-3-09). There is also no Crossing Guard posted on Harlem at the tracks for the school children who previously used the pedestrian crosswalk.

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