Comment 61054

By SpaceMonkey (registered) | Posted March 17, 2011 at 11:25:16

"The city's position is that pedestrians should walk several minutes out of their way to cross at the lights".

Out of their way? I doubt they said or implied that. Most people, with any sense, would choose to cross on their way. If crossings are indeed roughly a couple hundred meters away from eachother, then if someone is walking more than 200m from origin to destination, then there will be a crossing on their way. Do you see what I mean?

"City traffic engineers actually proposed putting up guard rails along Main Street to prevent pedestrians from "jaywalking", AKA crossing the street".

It seems to me that putting up guard rails would greatly help to improve pedestrian safety. Putting up guard rails is the one thing that would have the greatest impact on improving pedestrian safety. Not only would it impede pedestrians from crossing at improper locations, but it would impede cars from going onto the sidewalk and hitting people. If someone trying to improve pedestrian safety is against this, then I question what they're really trying to accomplish.

Comment edited by SpaceMonkey on 2011-03-17 11:28:42

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