Neighbors launch new safety effort in Plaza Midwood

Folks don't have to be in Plaza Midwood long to see others walking, or riding their bikes. You also see a lot of vehicles, and one group says something needs to be done before there are any more accidents. 

Many feel Plaza Midwood is the kind of place where people can often find what they need within walking distance of their homes.

"Sometimes me and my family and friends walk up to the Harris Teeter or Rita's and get some candy or something and walk back," 9 year old Pat Dryden said. 

But, it's not always a safe walk.

"There's a lot of people that have raised concerns through social media, as well as directly to me as the neighborhood association president. People have come to me raising concerns about their safety on these streets," Renee Bradley, president of Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Associates, said. 

Bradley said according to Charlotte DOT, there were 20 pedestrian accident in five years in the area.

"That's really a huge amount of crashes to be condensed in such a small part of Charlotte," she said. 

It's the main reason neighbors in Plaza Midwood are taking action and getting results, by creating an online campaign called "Stroll and Roll" Plaza Midwood.

They're asking people to sign a petition and alert city leaders that safety improvements need to be made to make Plaza Midwood more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

"We really need to show the city that the community wants this type of change."

They're working to give neighbors easier ways to travel, and keep them safe. 

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