We raise this concern periodically…..we all share the road in Atlantis! Vehicles, walkers, bike riders, and baby strollers share the space. Usually, everyone works together, and life goes on uneventful. We continue to receive increasing comments from both drivers and pedestrians of near misses, especially at night. The days are noticeably getting shorter and that means more recreational activity in low light or dark conditions. We encourage our drivers, both vehicle and golf carts, to be ever aware that you will most likely encounter pedestrians and to use caution, as they may not see you approaching or move out of the way. We encourage our pedestrians to be aware of vehicle traffic and be prepared to step out of the road. Additionally, we encourage pedestrians to wear light colored clothing and carry a light or reflective item when walking. We have reflective slap bands at City Hall and the Police Department, free to residents. The bands are highly reflective, adjustable and can be adapted to fit bike handlebars, stroller frames, or your wrist, arm, and ankle. If you use the roadways after dark, please stop by City Hall or Police Dispatch to pick up your free bands and help us keep everyone safe.
There is another way you can help both drivers and pedestrians, maintain your irrigation sprinklers so they do not spray on neighboring property or streets. Our city ordinance requires that “No person shall cause or permit their water sprinkler system to spray onto the city streets….” As courtesy to drivers and pedestrians, please take a few moments to check the coverage of your sprinklers and assure that they are not spraying in the street.
Brian R. Moree, City Manager