The City will be slowly implementing these Super Pedestrian Crosswalks that you may have seen in other cities.
These crosswalks have huge white markings painted on the road and their own set of rules, including the fact that vehicles cannot proceed through the intersection until all pedestrians have cleared the roadway.
There will be increased fines for drivers who don’t comply.
I don’t have a problem with the concept, but anyone who thinks this is going to have a significant impact on pedestrian injuries needs to give their head a shake.
Yes, some drivers disobey speed limits, but the characterization that all drivers are pedal to the metal maniacs just isn’t true.
Some pedestrian injuries are caused by irresponsible pedestrians who jay walk, or who blatantly disregard traffic lights.
Stand at any major intersection downtown and count the number of pedestrians who cross against the light or cyclists who blow through stop signs .
The point is, there should be an expectation that motorists obey the rules of the road to maximize safety for all, but that is, if you’ll pardon the pun, a two way street.
Pedestrians and cyclists must share that responsibility; if not, the whole system fails.
Painting more white lines on the road won’t do any good at all, if we don’t use more common sense.