Thursday, August 19, 2010

Falls Church crosswalk signs on W&OD Trail reportedly stolen

We reported earlier about new crosswalk signs at W&OD Trail road crossings. The signs remind motorists to yield to trail users. Apparently the signs were stolen shortly after they appeared. According to an article in the Falls Church News-Press, Tempers Flare Between Drivers, W&OD Trail Users on F.C. Road, the theft, valued at $2,600, is considered a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $2,500 fine. The City plans to replace the signs
The original signs were designed to be easily removed during snow-plow season, and replacement signs may be installed more securely. Alternatives to signs have been considered, but Gordon said it has been determined that signs are the most effective accident prevention and safety education tool. Orange cones were placed over the former signs' bases, which remain sticking out of the ground in the middle of the intersections.

Police officers accepted a $500 donation at last week's City Council meeting from the Friends of the W&OD Trail, while disputes between drivers and trail users became a hot topic in recent News-Press Letters to the Editor, online comments and Facebook posts.

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