Protesters: We really need a sidewalk here

SAN YSIDRO - Students and parents united Friday in San Ysidro to protest what they call a dangerous road for students.

Otay Mesa Road, northeast of Harken Road, is a path students like freshman Eduardo Baellesteros uses to walk to school.

He was on his way to volleyball practice at San Ysidro High School Friday morning. It is a walk that takes him about 30 minutes and one he called dangerous.

“It angers me because you walk every day [and] the cars are very close,” Baellesteros said.

Community members say student safety is being ignored. Friday, dozens of people walked Otay Mesa Road to get the city's attention. They say they'll be rallying the last Friday of every month until action is taken.

“We are really desperate to get that sidewalk, especially now that it affects me directly with my sons, not having the right to walk on a safe sidewalk,” said Luciana Corrales, a member of the non-profit group Walk SD and parent of two students at San Ysidro Middle School.

Corrales said they have been promised a sidewalk since 2002.

Organizers of the rally say they do not know of any serious injuries to students on the road yet, but they say it is only a matter of time.

“You don’t know when you’re going to get impacted by a car because some of them come at high speeds,” said student Alberto Guadiane.

10News contacted Mayor Kevin Faulconer's office for comment and received the following statement:

"Children heading to school shouldn't have to walk on dirt to dodge cars and motorists. This project is a priority for me and a prime example of the type of project that will benefit from my plan to redirect millions of CDBG funds into our city's infrastructure needs."

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