Stepping out of Balboa Park at Spruce Street leads into the traffic on Sixth Avenue that makes the life strains tougher to take. Councilman Todd Gloria decided to set an example for walkable neighborhoods with open path ways in San Diego by setting up a traffic signal to settle down the future traffic hold ups.
Mid Septemberm an atypical type of signal was set up to test street equipment designed to nake walkeers crowds more orderly, every day, and make a busy T intersection both friendly and safe. Walkers have help aking the distance across the two way street safely. Workers installed a rectangular rapid flashing beacon. Traffic motion turns the flashers on, and off.. The solar powered eacons give warnings on the traffic on both sides of the T intersection south crossing passing by. Bright yellow signs point the way to walk through without a hitch.
Gloria broke up the old traffic flow so walkers, coming out or going in to the park, and walking the neighborhood, can stay on the go. "I want San Diego to be a walkable city, once the new crosswalk flashers add another lement of safety and encourage active transportation," he said the September day the equipment was turned on.
Balboa Park's grass lawn next to Spruce Street calls in the crowds for recreation and gatherings. Along the park paths, the park visitors find open grass used for Frisbee, and football, and a playground area for children ages 5 to 12 years. Trails in the large open park trail system lead into peaceful spots like the Cypress Hill picnic area. Walkers can take a long trip through the park, and enjoy the masterpieces of nature found west of the zoo.
Fitness walks are just one attempt to escape the downtown city distractions that keeps the park neighborhood paths busy. Unpleasant trips ruin the day for shoppers and diners visiting Fifth Avenue, and children going to and from the Urban Discovery Academy down Sixth Avenue.
Locals also take the opportunity to take the hidden way through the neighborhood under the blue sky. Murphy Canyon Trail just below the Quince Street bridge a few blocks west from Balboa Park.
Just follow the layout on the land. And, the politician's traffic watchers.
Finding the way to walk the north park neighborhood crossings does not take hard effort, or a fast look rubberneck. Signals keep San Diegans safe.
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