Q. There seems to be no clear indication that pedestrians do or do not have the right of way while crossing U.S. 67 in downtown LeClaire. There are clearly designated crosswalk paths put there by the city but no signage whatsoever. This results in confusion every day among pedestrians and drivers. My thought is that because it is a U.S. highway, no official pedestrian crossings are allowed. Can you help clarify this? Both drivers and pedestrians need to know either way for safety's sake alone. — John, LeClaire
A. According to Ed Choate, LeClaire city administrator, "Crosswalks such as those in LeClaire are allowed/required/desired on U.S. highways and were approved by the IDOT back in 2006-2007 when the city's downtown project was designed and constructed.
"State Code (I.C. Section 321.327) requires that, 'Where traffic-control signals are not in place or in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection …' This provision in the State Code is similar to many, many other State Codes, and drivers should be aware of this pretty standard, universally accepted provision.
"The city is and has been looking into incorporating more active signage throughout this area (see attached example) to better inform motorists and pedestrians alike about the rules and use of the crosswalks. With the numerous pedestrians that frequent LeClaire on a daily basis and the cars that travel on U.S. 67 and through LeClaire every day (8,500+), it is a difficult situation to manage, and the city is continuing to look for and implement the best solution(s)."
Choate also attached a brochure on blinker models. To view the brochure, visit qctimes.com/askthetimes.
Q. When I was a girl, I was a member of the Rainbow Girls, part of the Eastern Star organization. Is this still an active program, and is there one locally? — Reader
A. Yes, the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls still exists. There are assemblies in Moline, Silvis and Muscatine (Muscatine-Wilton), according to information on their website at gorainbow.org.
"In 1922, Rainbow was created for young women whose fathers were members of the Masonic Lodge, and their friends. Although a Christian minister named W. Mark Sexson founded the organization, today the leaders of Rainbow Girls respect and welcome all girls from every religion. Their main focus is more on the spiritual principles of being a kind and caring person. While the Rainbow practices and programs continue to evolve, the basic teachings of faith, hope, and charity remain a cornerstone of this dynamic girl’s youth group.
"Today, there are more than 850 assemblies across the world that have bimonthly meetings. This is how the members learn standard meeting protocol and parliamentary procedure," according to the website.