WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Police Department will implement traffic control safety measures tonight in Old Town. The effort is to increase pedestrian and motorist safety in Old Town. It will run at 11 p.m. and ending at 3 a.m.
“We felt that it was time to separate vehicles from pedestrians so that people could enjoy the space a lot better. That way they can cross the street without the fear of getting hit by a car,” explained Capt. Jose Salcido, Wichita Police Dept.
The operation is part of an ongoing joint safety initiative involving Wichita police and Old Town businesses. The plan includes strategically blocking designated areas to vehicle traffic in the 100 and 200 blocks of North Mosley, Rock Island and parking lots on the west side of Washington on Friday and Saturday nights. Vehicles will still have access to parking lots and garages.
The police department says narrow streets (Mosley, Rock Island) become a safety hazard for pedestrians and impede traffic, when party buses or other vehicles stop. To reduce the safety hazard, the traffic-control operation also includes designated parking areas for party buses, Uber and taxis to the parking lot located on St. Francis and 2nd Street.
Old Town regulars, like David Talbert, are happy to see new rules being enforced.
“”You have people coming out taverns, bars down here. You never know who could be drunk come out and not pay attention and just back up and hit somebody,” stated Talbert.