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Editorial: Please Walk On The Sidewalks!

Just two weeks ago two women were injured (one seriously injured) walking in the road, on Arrandale Avenue, in the dark, around 6:30 p.m. It was dark, apparently the driver did not see them, the women were hit and the driver left the scene of this accident.

While this was apparently an accident, it surely could have been easily avoided if the women were walking on the sidewalk. One side of Arrandale Avenue does have a sidewalk and that is where all pedestrians should walk. Not every street in Great Neck has sidewalks and there, of course, all pedestrians should use extreme caution in those cases. But when a road does provide a safe sidewalk, why not be truly careful and use that sidewalk.

Some people mistakenly believe that roads such as Old Mill Road, with a yellow line painted down the side, means that spot is available for pedestrians. Not true! Those yellow lines on county roads are “fog lines,” required by the county. They are to help drivers determine the boundaries of the road; those yellow lines are most definitely not sheltering a pedestrian zone. If you walk behind those yellow fog lines, you are walking in the road and putting yourself, and your family, in real danger.

We urge all who enjoy walking Great Neck’s beautiful streets to please follow the simple, sensible rules and walk on sidewalks, when provided. If there is no sidewalk, on either side of the road, then please, please walk as close to the side of the road as possible. And do not mistake fog lines for walking lines.

Please, be a safe pedestrian.

Wendy Karpel Kreitzman