New apartments draw traffic and safety concerns for Chico's Nord Avenue

"I started walking out and the car didn't stop, so I had to stop in the middle of the road so it didn't hit me," said Mattsson.

Posted: Jan 16, 2018 5:11 PM
Updated: Jan 16, 2018 5:24 PM

"A lot of these cars, they don't care they don't stop for you, they just keep going. Sometimes, you have to just force your way out onto the street," said Sebastian Mattsson, Chico State student.

Chico State student Sebastian Mattsson walks the busy Nord Avenue nearly every day on his way to school - and he says you have to stay alert.

"I started walking out and the car didn't stop, so I had to stop in the middle of the road so it didn't hit me," said Mattsson.

In 2016, the city put in one stoplight specifically to allow people to safely walk across the highway.

"That stoplight down there, for the crosswalk? There's only one, but I think there should be a lot more," said Mattsson.

He's not the only one who thinks so, especially because the foot traffic on Nord avenue is about to increase - with two major apartment complex developments set to open this Fall.
One building right up against the street, eliminating the possibility of ever widening the road.
There's also no pull-out areas for buses to stop at these apartments.

So potentially thousand of students could move her to the Campus Walk south of West. Sacramento Ave., but as you can see, there's still no sidewalks.

Some worry that with no sidewalks, pedestrians walk in the bike lanes, and bikers end up in the street.
According to the city engineer, it's a state highway, so it's up to Caltrans to make these improvements.
But Caltrans doesn't have anything planned locally in the near future.

"A lot of drivers are just concerned with getting to where they need to go really fast, so they don't care about students, people walking ... The safety of the people is the most important thing," said Mattsson

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