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Sidewalk sought to keep school-bound kids out of street

Posted at 11:55 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 00:55:49-04

Danielle James can clearly see Adkins Middle School from the driveway of her home that leads to Victoria Park Drive.

But in several years when her sons, ages 5 and 7, begin to attend that school, she won't let them walk there.

“It’s just terrifying," she said. "(Possibly) seeing them maybe get hit by a car just right then and there by my house is terrifying.”

Her concern stems from the fact that Victoria Park Drive between Wooldridge Road and Quebec Street has no sidewalks.

Regardless, James says children commonly walk along that road to and from Adkins. Some walk in the street itself, while others choose the rugged unpaved shoulders on either side.

“(They) can’t really walk," she said. "The grass is so high, and there’s snakes and stuff in there.”

James herself has not gone to the city and requested sidewalks, but she says she knows people who have -- but to no avail.

“People who don’t even have kids in school, they’re concerned about it," she said. "(They’re) like, ‘hey, kids should not be on this street walking.'"

The city says the land getting developed is the most likely route for sidewalks to be installed, and that's not in the works at this time.

Until that happens, James has no plans on allowing her sons to walk to school.

"I’ll take the drive, you know, and have to wait in traffic for 25 minutes," she said. "But I’m not going to let them walk there if there’s no sidewalk."