“I want to make sure our roads and sidewalks are as safe as they can be,” he said.
Last week two pedestrians were struck by a van in Fort Point, and one of them passed away due to her injuries.
“As our city becomes more developed and densely populated, our neighborhoods have more vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and many areas of our streetscape need improvement and change in order to ensure that our pedestrians are safe in our community,” said the order for hearing.
One of Flynn’s biggest priorities as a councilor is pedestrian safety. He said many residents tell him they don’t feel safe walking throughout the city because cars are speeding so fast through some city streets.
“We need to do more,” he insisted.
Flynn wants to see more raised crosswalks, speed bumps, and stop signs throughout the city.
Councilor Kim Janey agrees.
“As our city becomes more dense with development, there is an opportunity to put things in place,” she said.
Janey mentioned some residents in her district (District 7 – Roxbury, South End and Fenway) have been working on getting a crosswalk for seven to ten years.
“We need to cut through more red tape,” she said.
Janey said the city often thinks of transportation and getting through the city by cars only, but their mindset needs to widen.
“It’s important to understand that there are many other people traveling on our streets who are not in cars,” she said.
Councilor Annissa Essaibi George believes the time for studying traffic needs to come to an end. “We don’t need to study this issue anymore. We need to make significant improvements,” she said.
She too wants to see more raised crosswalks in the city.
There will be a hearing scheduled at a later date over this matter. Representatives from the Boston Transportation Department will be asked to attend.