Seeing kids in danger, Brooklyn Center good samaritan builds a bus stop

  • Article by: Shannon Prather , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 13, 2013 - 1:51 PM

A Brooklyn Center resident saw children fidgeting at the curb, perilously close to fast-moving traffic. He decided to fix the problem.

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kittej13Nov. 12, 13 5:33 PM

What a great story.

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mnmaidNov. 12, 13 7:24 PM

That's fantastic! At least there's also a sidewalk there, however narrow. We don't have sidewalks where we live, so everybody has to walk in the street, and there's no shoulder, either. The edges of the street get icy in winter, and I was terrified every time my son would walk to the bus stop that somebody would come along, and he would try to get close to the edge to avoid them, and slip on the ice under their moving vehicle.

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happyjulieNov. 12, 13 9:06 PM

I agree with Mr. Evans that 99% of people are wonderful. He is one of the wonderful ones, above and beyond! If everyone watched out for each other like this, the world would be a better place.

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mylittleidNov. 13, 13 6:51 AM

It's nice to read a story like this and be reminded of how much good there is in the world. It's easy to lose sight of that. Thank you Mr Evans for restoring our faith in humanity.

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dutclinNov. 13, 13 9:47 AM

I watched this slowly being built over time and thought it was a fabulous gesture. HOWEVER, I am infuriated by the people who decide running across four lanes on Brooklyn Blvd is a good idea at this bus stop and the one across from it because they are too lazy to walk to the light. One night last winter when it was pitch black by 5:30pm, I nearly hit a woman and her four small children who were standing ON THE DOUBLE YELLOW LINE between the 4 lanes of traffic. I slammed on my brakes when my headlights caught the sight and I yelled at her when I drove past. You are willing to risk your children's lives because it would take an extra 5 minutes to cross where you are supposed to? I wish the cops would put in a little time at this intersection BEFORE a tragedy occurs.

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Douglind33Nov. 13, 1310:26 AM

Safe waiting areas should be required of all school bus stop locations. We had a girl killed on a Hwy 101 pinch point not too long ago. Needless heart ache and tragedies.

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FrankLNov. 13, 13 1:50 PM

Douglind33, one way to accomplish this is to make it a rule that school buses pick up kids on residential streets in the neighborhoods instead of on main highways. They might have to increase the schedule by a few minutes, but it would solve many problems.

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rewulffNov. 13, 13 1:56 PM

I wish we had people that like in my neighborhood of west Bloomington! It's always worse in the winter time because of the mounds of snow. Standing in the street to wait for Metro Transit is extremely dangerous, and most drivers aren't watching out for pedestrians!

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decembersueNov. 13, 13 2:31 PM

What a neat guy. Nice to see someone fully engaged in their community.

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unclegeoNov. 13, 13 3:09 PM

I wondered what it was all about. I just drove by there an hour ago and saw a young guy sitting with this peaceful happy expression and noticed the nice landscaping. Jerry Evans shows what it means to be a member of a community.

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