Friday, April 18, 2014
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Davis needs crosswalk safety

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!

Beulah Amsterdam
Davis

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  • steven price iiJune 20, 2013 - 12:40 am

    One thing I have noticed is that when there is a crosswalk often times pedestrians on foot or on bicycle just walk or ride in the crosswalk without looking for on coming cars. Common sense would be to stop and look both ways before entering a street whether there is a crosswalk or not. Isn't this what we teach our children?

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  • Rich RifkinJune 20, 2013 - 12:48 pm

    Stephen Price has this right, in my opinion. A lot of pedestrians, especially in the downtown area, stride carelessly out into a crosswalk without first looking up and checking side to side to determine if it is safe to cross. The question is not one of having the right of way. Pedestrians have that. But people on foot still need to use common sense, and many don't. This is even worse among those who are blabbering away on cell phones or texting. The reality is that if a bicycle or motorcycle or car or truck is coming, and the pedestrian walks out in front of them, the person on foot is very likely to get hurt in that collision. It's simply a lot smarter to make sure the coast is clear before exercising one's right of way.

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  • steven price iiJune 20, 2013 - 3:35 pm

    Thanks for the support on crosswalk safety in Davis!

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