The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 16, 2013

Letter: Trail safety shouldn’t be an afterthought

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — In regard to the Enid Trails System:

My question is this: “Why was the safety of the trail crossings not addressed before the trails were installed?”

The trails system is a lovely addition to the cosmetics and infrastructure of Enid. No doubt the trails will be much used and enjoyed for years to come.

The impression given is safety at the trails crossings is an afterthought. Will a tragic accident be needed before any action is taken to protect pedestrian and driver?

Hoping pedestrians and vehicle operators will be always aware and vigilant at these crossings — and for them to be totally responsible and liable for their safety — is not realistic.

After a tragic accident occurs at a Trails crossing, who will accept responsibility and liability? The state, the city or the persons involved?

Money seems to always be the issue. If the city of Enid can presently not afford traffic control for the Enid Trails Systems, did not the planners for the trails system realize this fact in the initial planning and implantation of the trails system?

Some measure of traffic control is better than none.

Thank you.

Emily J. Hulsey