What's Bugging You: Teen Says Busy Street Needs Crosswalk For Students

By: Caroline Vandergriff Email
By: Caroline Vandergriff Email

What's bugging you, Mid-Michigan?

A teenager from Holt says a busy street without a crosswalk creates a dangerous situation for middle school students - and that's what's bugging her.

Chelsi McMahan, a 16-year-old junior at Holt High School, lives on Washington Road, right down the street from Washington Woods Middle School. Since the sidewalk on Washington Road only runs on one side of the street, she says it forces students walking to school to dodge speeding cars to get across.

"I see kids all the time just walking across the street, but nobody even slows down," McMahan said.

With Washington Road under construction, the speed limit is 25 miles per hour. McMahan says it's normally 35, but cars always go faster. She says it's an accident waiting to happen.

"You've got friends in the car, the radio going, you're not really paying attention," McMahan said. "And then you have 5th and 6th graders who think they're Superman, who think they can dart across the road and not get hurt. It's just a colliding world that's not good for anybody."

So McMahan decided to do something about it. She's on a mission to make the walk for those 5th and 6th grade students safer, by fighting for a crosswalk and a reduced speed limit on Washington.

"This is the crossroads of Ambler and Washington, and I would like the crosswalk right here where that is because it gets you to the side of the street where the crosswalk is and you can get across safely," McMahan explained.

McMahan says her little brother is ten years old, and is a fifth grader at Washington Woods Middle School. Her wish to keep him safe is part of the inspiration to fight for a crosswalk.

"I'm ready to get this done because it's ridiculous," said McMahan.

She's already laid out her plan to the Delhi Township Board of Trustees, which directed her to the Holt School Board. She'll present her ideas at the next Holt School Board meeting on October 10th. She hopes other community members will come to the meeting to show support and strength in numbers.

Her goal is one the average high school junior may not care about, but McMahan says she's not average.

"I don't care if you're 90 or 60 or four," she said. "I believe if there's something wrong, you should fix it. So I'm going to fix it."

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