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Pedestrian Signal Up and Running at Lake Road and Wyndam Way

Woodbury officials said the signal became operational on Tuesday.

Folks looking to cross Lake Road in Woodbury will find things a little easier these days.

A pedestrian signal at Lake Road and Wyndham Way became operational Tuesday.

It requires pedestrians to push a button, which activates flashing lights that alert motorists about people trying to cross the street.

The installation of the signal comes against the backdrop of news reports about 2012 being a deadly year for pedestrians.

Twenty-three pedestrians have been killed in Minnesota so far this year, the most in the past five, according to a Star Tribune report. There were 14 killed last year.

There are two parks near the intersection, and joggers and cyclists were out on Lake Road on Wednesday morning.

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John Nemo September 12, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Awesome! This was BEYOND needed. Riding bikes across there with our 3 young boys was always a little bit like real-life Frogger. So glad they put this in! I actually used to stop my bike in the middle of the street sometimes and wave at cars because they were just flying toward us and one of my kids would of course miss his pedal or stall in the middle of Lake. Thanks for doing this City Officials!
Kris Janisch September 12, 2012 at 04:32 PM
It's kind of tough there too because Lake Road bends south a bit (to the west).
Angela Johnson September 12, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Wonderful! I'm tempted to go there and cross 3-4x/day just to slow drivers down. FYI peeps, It is 35 mph at that crosswalk. Thank you City of Woodbury!
Kris Janisch September 12, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Take some video if you do Angela!
Kim Todd September 12, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I used it last night while out walking my dog and cars actually STOPPED!
Kris Janisch September 12, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Good to hear Kim! I think it's tough in general because Woodbury isn't much of a "walking city" and cars aren't used to stopping. Hopefully this will help.
Kris Janisch September 12, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Some good comments on this one on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WoodburyPatch
Kris Janisch September 12, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Anybody else used it yet, by the way?
Cindy September 12, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I wish we could get one of these on Lake near Wedgewood Drive where there is a cross-walk and path to Edgewater Park. With the roundabouts going in on Woodbury Drive this will be the safest place for kids and parents with strollers to cross. As it is now people come down the hill going east and speed up treating it like a speedway. Especially when both high schools get out.
jen.schwellenbach June 06, 2013 at 10:06 AM
I wish there was one at Settlers Ridge and Eagle View Blvd! It is unbelievable how many cars will not yield to people, specifically children during the school year, when they know there is a school right there. I was very happy last fall to see the WPD patrolling that intersection and pulling over those who don't feel it's important to stop for a child in the crosswalk.
Kris Janisch June 06, 2013 at 10:51 AM
Yeah, it seems like, because Woodbury isn't much of a walking city outside the trails, people just aren't used to stopping at intersections in general. Nice to hear the PD was out there though.

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