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4-year-old petitions for safer crosswalk near Robbins Library

Capitol Theatre logoGreta Hagen of Arlington tells why she and her son, holding flag in photo, seek a better crosswalk design.

Meet the future of pedestrian safety: A 4-year-old resident and his mom are on a mission to make the crosswalk near Robbins Library safer for all. They are submitting a formal request to the Select Board and seeking support from Arlington residents.

The boy feels unsafe crossing Mass. Ave. — and with good reason. He and his family have almost been hit more than once.

"I'm sure you're thinking we put him up to this, but being fearful of crossing the street started the gears turning in his little mind," his mother, Greta, told YourArlington. "We're not transportation advocates, we're just following his lead."

She said the boy considered several alternatives — such as hiring a bear for a crossing guard, or converting Mass. Ave. to a park — before settling on a design.

He and his father looked up safer crosswalks and found one that fit the intersection by Robbins. It's a staggered crosswalk design with a pedestrian refuge island.

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