Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Post signs at crosswalks

Brava! to Beulah Amsterdam for her article in The Enterprise on Sunday, March 17, about pedestrian safety. I have felt for some time that my life could be in jeopardy by walking on Davis sidewalks and streets. I also walk on Sycamore Lane, and am very wary crossing streets, between bicyclists who blow through stop signs and cars that may slow for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Sycamore isn’t the only street that is unsafe for walkers. Even downtown, I’ve been in crosswalks with cars whizzing past while I’m halfway across the street.

I’d like to see a couple of things: 1) more police presence on Sycamore (the Willett Elementary School area can be a danger when parents pick up children), and 2) signs posted at crosswalks that say, “It is a law to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk,” as I’ve seen in other areas.

Having been hit by a speeding car while in a crosswalk in Europe, it’s no pleasure being injured — much less losing one’s life!

Betsy Singer
Davis

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  • Rich RifkinApril 05, 2013 - 3:46 pm

    This may not speak directly to Betsy's point, but one thing that Davis pedestrians need to do when they cross a street in a crosswalk--even when the law says they have the right of way--is to keep their head up, looking for cars and bikes. Although I too happen to live near Willett Elementary, it is when I am downtown, driving my car, that I see pedestrians enter crosswalks without making sure in advance that no cars or bikes are coming. Too many people on foot have their eyes down or looking at the person they are speaking with. Others are caught up in cell phone conversations or are texting. A passenger vehicle weighs 3,000 pounds or more. A person on foot needs to be very careful. ... The same advice goes for bicyclists riding amid auto traffic. Riders not only need to obey the law. They also need to make sure that cars and pedestrians see them. It's much safer to pay attention and not presume everyone will avoid you.

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  • Louise CravenApril 06, 2013 - 9:30 am

    I agree with Beulah, Betsy and Rich. We're all pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers a some point during the week, so we can relate to all three situations. Rich's point is a good one. I've noticed many pedestrians in downtown Davis and in the Trader Joe's parking lot step off the curb without looking for traffic. It's as if they feel the law is "pedestrians have the right of way", which is not how I read it. If someone is already IN the crosswalk, then yes, a car must stop for them. But pedestrians ON the sidewalk do not have right of way. .. unless I'm reading the law wrong. Let me know.

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