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Surveys have pedestrian safety in mind

ENCINITAS — If you live in or visit Encinitas and have ever thought that an intersection in town could be safer for pedestrians, your chance to voice that concern is now.

The city of Encinitas and a local nonprofit have developed several surveys that allow people to rank intersections in town based on pedestrian safety concerns.

The surveys are part of a partnership between the city and Circulate San Diego, a nonprofit aimed at making the region more pedestrian friendly. The partnering agencies received a grant in 2012 through the state Department of Transportation to create a plan to make pedestrian travel safer both citywide and to and from school.

As part of the two-year process, the city has held a series of workshops — 15 by the time the project is completed — and have received input from hundreds of local residents either in person or through online comments.

The current online surveys are organized by location within Encinitas’ five communities — New Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Old Encinitas, Leucadia and Olivenhain — and allow those surveyed to select, in order of priority, intersections that have safety concerns.

According to a news release, the results of the surveys are going to be presented in a series of five workshops in October, and will be included in the draft Pedestrian Travel and Safe Routes to School Plan, scheduled to be completed in January.

This plan will help the city prioritize funding for pedestrian improvement projects citywide.

The surveys went live Aug. 20 and will be open until Sept. 20. They can be accessed at