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December 15, through December 24, 2005

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Las Vegas has always been concerned with tourist/public safety and in a few intersections on Las Vegas Blvd. (The Strip) they have built pedestrian overhead walkways. This week’s reader poll asks: Do you think these pedestrian overhead walkways should be on ALL intersections on Las Vegas Blvd.? Why or Why Not?
Reader Poll Replies:

* I feel it is a great service to be safe from the speeding cars and especially away from the Taxi's that seem to have no rules in the streets.  Angelina D.  NC

* If they built an overhead walkway on each intersection that would be ideal.  My biggest fear in coming to Vegas is not losing my money but losing my life to a driver that is not paying attention to their surroundings.  Deb Haskins  NY

* I have done an intensive multi-modal study of the patterns and interactions between the vehicle traffic and mobs of pedestrians on the strip. My recommendation would be to completely separate the cars and human bodies. Either bury the roadway in a tunnel and make the surface all pedestrian, or elevate the pedestrian level even with the sky bridges and allow crossing the "strip" anywhere. People are trying to cross six lanes of speeding rental cars, taxi's limo's, and buses at any point that the city hasn't created an impassible barrier in the median. Dead or injured tourists aren't good for business. The third alternative of course is to put pedestrian overpasses at all locations where people are trying to cross the traffic without aid of a traffic signal, in addition to the marked and controlled intersections. The advantage would be better traffic flow without having to allow for pedestrian crossing time while traffic is trying to turn onto the strip. I would particularly like an overpass between Mandalay Bay and the newly remodeled Montecito so I don't have to go all the way to Tropicana to cross. In reality, an elevated roadway between the VIP terminal and the "Whale Compounds" at MGM, Luxor, and Mandalay using stretch electric "Limo" golfcarts to speed guests without having to go from the terminal to the strip via I-15 might be something the casino's could get
behind.  Don in Portland

* Yes I believe that all the streets should have pedestrian walkways that people can take. The lights change very fast and you don't want to get stuck in the middle of the street. Another thing point is that people want to go and gawk at the Eiffel Tower, and the Brooklyn Bridge and the street get very crowded. This will allow more room to move, since 1/2 the people will be above and 1/2 below.  Karen Krolikiewicz

As far as I'm concerned, the more overhead walkways the merrier -- I say this from the viewpoint of both a pedestrian and and a driver. Increased safety is important and being able to cross Las Vegas Blvd. in the "air" is a great help. Also, when driving it's great to know I no longer have to worry about people on foot. Joanne K

* Yes, I feel pedestrian overhead walkways are a great idea for each 4-way intersection along Las Vegas Blvd., &/or parallel to the large hotels. At the current population growth, this may inevitable construction in the future. Only, get some good architects involved in the designs of the walkways so even the walkways can be themed similar to the hotels. Personally, I felt the Walkways presented great views along the strip for photo opportunity also. Larry Strehl, Tampa, FL

* Hello! Most definitely! I have been coming to Las Vegas at least once a year for the past 6 years and the few intersections that do not have pedestrian bridges are almost un-crossable. The lights change so quickly you barely can get across before cars start coming. Not to mention I have been on the other side of the wheel as well. Crossing the strip in a car anywhere can be a painfully slow process at best. With pedestrian bridges everyone wins!  p.s. We will be there on Christmas day for 5 days, we can hardly wait! Sincerely, David Bolen

* Yes!! There should be crossovers at every major intersection. The traffic flow would improve because cars turning right will not have to wait for people to clear the street crosswalks. People do not follow the crosswalk lights. People walk slowly and can not make it across the intersections. Randy Foster

* Yes they need overheads for safety of the people and it makes it better for the car drivers. Need more trans and people movers in Vegas.  GJ Smith



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