LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Changes could be coming to stop people hanging out on crosswalks on the Las Vegas Strip.
Clark County commissioners will discuss classifying the overpasses as crosswalks on Tuesday, which would change how they operate. Often people sell items or play music at the crosswalks, or stop to admire the view of the Strip.
Jose Kutkendall performs for visitors on one of the decks. He said he either finds a corner that works on the street or performs on the overpass.
“I have people from hotels who hear me there and they tell me they like it,” he said. “How are you going to stop people from making a living?”
If the overpasses were officially defined as pedestrian crossings, there could be no representation or strolling over them, as they would be used strictly for walking.
“I feel sorry for the people who really depend on this for a living, they can’t find jobs anywhere else, so they do this,” Kuykendall continued.
County Commissioner Tick Segerblom said the policy is about public safety, especially after a visiting police officer was stabbed just weeks ago to death on one of the bridges.
“You can’t stay in a crosswalk, so we’re trying to find a legal way to make sure people get around,” Segerblom said. “At the end of the day, we can’t tolerate people up there engaging in sex acts, shooting people, doing drugs, that’s just unacceptable.”
Visitor from Canada Lisa Wergerland is visiting Las Vegas from Canada, and she said that while she understands the idea, it could create other problems.
“I don’t want to feel threatened when I cross the bridge,” she said. “It’s probably a good idea to have it just as a sidewalk, but then you have to give them an option because they’ll just move somewhere else.”
Segerblom said the commissioners will consider a presentation on the possible change at the next meeting on Tuesday and possibly come up with an order from there.