Comment 91194

By AnjoMan (registered) | Posted August 22, 2013 at 08:02:59 in reply to Comment 91193

I was thinking this too... As a driver I would not stop for a pedestrian if I know there is a gap behind me, and on a 4 lane road where average speeds are >50kph, that means I wouldn't stop at all. I don't want a pedestrian to cross thinking that because I stopped for them, the guy behind me will also stop -what if the car behind me whips around on the far side of me and hits them? If there are no other cars, its reasonable to expect them to wait for me, since its a difference of seconds.

The bigger issue is that we have a street in a residential neighborhood that is designed in such a way that its not actually very safe for a motorist to stop and let a pedestrian cross.that doesn't make much sense to me, especially when the amount of traffic warrants only 2 lanes. Its a textbook example of bad design inhibiting normal usage patterns. We shouldn't be building highways where it doesn't make sense to apply the HTA doctrine w.r.t pedestrian crossings - that's what freeways are for.

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