Lack of Sidewalks in Jonesboro

A look down the City's busiest roadways shows hundreds of cars, yet not many pedestrians.

That's partially because Jonesboro comes up short when it comes to sidewalks.

"Anything would help. It's not going to hurt. Trying to get through town, there's not crosswalks or anything. It's real difficult to get through all of that," said Tony Fortune.

Fortune has been biking for nearly four years and says, traffic is a problem for any type of pedestrian traffic.

"Riding along, like on this road, cars will zoom by you going 30 or 40 miles per hour. It kinda takes you by surprise," he said.

More surprising seems to be the City's lack of action when it comes to sidewalks.

"I think it's been somewhat reactive. You don't want to be too critical of any kind of progress, but just a little more proactivity would be nice to see. A few more sidewalks showing up would be a good thing," said Jason Broadaway.

Currently the Southern part of Caraway is already on the City's five year capital improvement plan which would widen the road and add sidewalks, but....over the bridge and into the City's commercial district, still...No sidewalks, just cars, and lots of them.

"Cars in general are not looking for pedestrians. There are too many other things going on. Having a sidewalk would just make it a lot safer for pedestrians to get around," said Broadaway.

And safety is what it all boils down to.

"A dedicated bike lane and sidewalks make it safer for people driving a car, for pedestrians, and for cyclists as well," said Broadaway.

We tried to contact city planners, but were unable to reach them.

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