Lack of Crosswalk Risks Lives

Lack of Crosswalk Risks Lives

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Sophie Hoerst started this petition to Mount Holly City Council

It has always been a tradition for my family to walk to the Farmer’s Market in the summer with our dogs. According to rover.com, dogs become depressed when they don’t get exercise. Depressed dogs means depressed owners. On top of that, walking downtown is a great way to exercise and support local businesses. But we usually end up driving. This defeats the whole point. We’re not exercising, our dogs aren’t exercising and we’re adding to Global Warming. The intersection of South Main Street and Highland is very busy. There are always cars going by really fast and it’s difficult (and dangerous) to know when to cross. I’ve been trying to get a crosswalk at this intersection for four years! I wrote a letter to the Mount Holly City Council when I was seven. Then I wrote another letter when I was ten. I even went to speak at a meeting! But nothing happened! I decided that if City Council won't listen to a seven-year-old or a ten-year-old, maybe they'll listen to thousands of people. I truly believe this is something that would benefit everyone, not just the people in Mt. Holly. No matter where you live, we share the same Earth. And if we destroy this Earth, where are we going to live? Global Warming is real. And we need to do everything we can to slow it down. Driving is undoubtedly bad for the Earth. And exercise is undoubtedly good for people. But if people think that they're putting themselves in danger by walking (or walking their dog), they're going to drive. Or just not go. This pandemic has taught us that we need to help each other. If people can walk downtown, they'll be able to support local businesses, be healthy, and do their part to slow down Global Warming. We only have one Earth and one body. We need to do our best to preserve both.

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