12 Apr '11, 4pm

Missing a crosswalk in your hood? Here's how to change that:

Missing a crosswalk in your hood? Here's how to change that:

Good stuff. Two funny anecdotes (we love anecdotes, right?) on pedestrian problems in Ottawa, which, I would say, is generally pretty darn good to its pedestrians in the parts of town I am familiar with. Crosswalk design idiocy: Near downtown, a small one-way street starts where it intersects a large main drag. It's running one-way AWAY from the main street. Yet the crossing light says "don't cross" when the lights on that main street are Red, and "cross" when the lights on that main street are Green. That's backwards, unless the designers were assuming that drivers would regularly drive the wrong way or in reverse on the one-way street. Driver idiocy: Near my apartment, two large streets intersect each other, and two corners have pedestrian islands (right-turning drivers separated from rest of traffic stream). One really busy right-turn lane funnels drivers from a nearby ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/urbanism/2011-04-12-walk-this-way-ho...

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