In Boulder, Colo., I had the amazing experience of standing at a crosswalk and a car actually stopped even though there were no red lights or stop signs. I felt a special joy at being treated with respect as mandated by law.
In Davis, I’ve given up all hope of safety and belief in any rights as a pedestrian. Cars and bikes roll through crosswalks, past stop signs and even through red lights. I suffered a fractured ankle when I was hit by an SUV in a Davis crosswalk recently.
Boulder’s recent Safe Streets Report found that crosswalks are the most common locations for collisions involving bicyclists or pedestrians and motor vehicles, and led to three new laws:
* Vehicles must stop at crosswalks and yield to people. Another vehicle cannot overtake and pass that vehicle.
* The bike speed limit is 8 mph for the immediate approach, entry and traversal of any crosswalk.
* Pedestrians must activate any crosswalk warning signal.
There is a growing national movement for enforcement of crosswalk laws. Many cities have raised crosswalk consciousness by having several days a year with mass media publicity and strict crosswalk law enforcement.
Thank you, Boulder. Wake up, Davis!