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Spokane City Council votes in favor of crosswalk safety ordinance

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SPOKANE, Wash.- You may start seeing some new crosswalks in Spokane. On Monday the Spokane City Council voted 5 to 1 in favor of an ordinance that they say makes the city safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and others.

The ordinance, endorsed by council member Candace Mumm, would put crosswalks in some of the most pedestrian heavy parts of town. According to the Spokane Police Department in the last 10 years there have been 28 deaths and more than 1,400 collisions involving pedestrians within the city.

This ordinance will target areas around schools and parks, along with some of the busiest neighborhoods, including the Perry District, the area around Gonzaga University, and even downtown Spokane.

The council hopes the move will improve safety, and also boost the economy by making businesses more accessible to both cars and pedestrians. We talked with shoppers and runners who said they were happy about the new improvements. One person told us, "just making it more runner friendly would be a benefit. I know a lot of runners out here, and I think this would be beneficial."

Council member Candace Mumm said it could be a while before we see any of the improvements, as money for the crosswalks will come out of street funds, and will only be placed during street maintenance or improvements.

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