In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
In the past week, a young boy died after being struck by a car while riding his bike to school in Byron. Some have suggested additional safety measures are needed whether it be a traffic light on the county road, the closing of the exit from the school to the highway or something else. Do you think additional safety measures should be implemented, and if so, what should be done?
CLOSE THAT EXIT that goes to the highway. I have thought for years that the exit leading right onto the highway was a recipe for disaster. I'm ashamed that we all too often take measures and make changes AFTER the tragedy has occurred. Additionally, there should be crossing guards and adjusted speed limits during school hours. My heart goes out to the Hu family.
ADDITIONAL MEASURES? YES! How about parent/student loading zones be at least 100 feet away from school's entrance. It is ridiculous, the amount of parents dropping off and picking up their kids from school nowadays. It's a wonder more kids are not getting hurt by parents scurrying to get that open spot whether it is in a red zone or not. If more kids were riding their bikes to school and fewer parents were dropping off their kids, maybe accidents like these wouldn't happen as much.
MY ANTIOCH schools don't. Neither Belshaw nor Antioch High have an adult on the street anywhere. Why not?
MOST OF THE elementary schools in Antioch have crossing guards. When I asked why Park Middle School doesn't have one, I was told "they are not budgeted for middle and high school." Ridiculous. They need them.
HOW ABOUT a bike lane for the students, so that when they are riding there bike, it's safe for the kids to ride to school.
A SCHOOL SHOULDN'T have been opened on a highway in the first place, let alone a junior high school. Stop lights will be an inconvenience, but could save lives -- along with a devoted crossing guard.
THERE ARE CROSSING guards and adjusted speed limits during school hours. They put in an entirely separate drop-off route to help with traffic problems and congestion for that school. The school has spent thousands. I don't think a traffic light, a bike lane or adults tending to each individual child could have stopped that tragedy. Suggesting more spending by the school or the community doesn't fix anything when nothing went wrong. It was an accident!
Jonesy Love Jones
JONSEY IS RIGHT! Also the school is old and was there before that road became a highway. They have improved the area to help with safety measures, but people have to abide by them -- a lot of the time that does not happen. This was a very tragic accident and it doesn't sound like the driver did nothing wrong. Also, everyone is asking for crossing guards. I know all Antioch schools have crossing guards at designated cross walks. But again, people don't always use them. And, I didn't see where this kid was hit while in a crosswalk. So a crossing guard wouldn't have been able to prevent this.
CROSSING GUARDS, not just at this school, but every school. I don't understand why there aren't already.
THIS IS A tragic accident, and my heart goes out to the child's family and friends as well as to the woman who was driving the SUV. In a previous report, it stated that this child lived in Discovery Bay. As a parent, my question is, why was that child allowed to ride his bike to school? That's a long distance on high- traffic roads.
BUT BEING PROACTIVE and adding crossing guards would definitely give drivers a head's up to watch for pedestrians. How many of us rode our bikes to school on highway? The kids these days need to be taught that they don't own the road!
BIKE LANES, sidewalks, and crossing guards is a must at every school!
BEING I LIVE next door to that school and witnessed the aftermath of the accident -- affordable busing. A child of that age should not have to navigate a busy highway every morning to get to school!
ANOTHER SOLUTION might be to have schools organize carpool groups open to all students in each neighborhood.
I DO BELIEVE there needs to be some safety measures in place. A stop light or someone directing traffic at Excelsior Middle School. Drop-off and pickup can be quite hectic there.
This week's question:
What do you think about the metering lights that are now operating on the Highway 4 and Highway 242 onramps and are aimed at keeping morning traffic moving along?
Email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published. Note: Please respond before Monday.