I’m curious how much of a push there’s been to get funding for Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB) at the crosswalk at Burke and 45th. I work on the north side of 45th and use that crosswalk walking to and from work five days a week, typically twice a day. In using it so frequently, I constantly encounter drivers who refuse to stop even when I’m in the road. Just this evening there were three separate cars that attempted to avoid me crossing instead of stopping, which resulted in me waving my arms and yelling like a madman in order to get someone to stop. I’d like to avoid the madman option if I can.
I do enjoy the addition of flags at this crossing, but it hasn’t helped particularly when they’re all on the other side of the street. I also find that people will still not stop, when I have one in hand, as they hurry to the next red light.
Have RRFB’s been considered for this crossing? How does one get the city to consider adding them?
In the meantime, I’ll likely start filming cars as I cross. Hoping that will help.
I’m sorry I can’t support your interest in adding lights to that crosswalk. I would like to see it blocked off again as it was awhile back. There is a crosswalk with a pedestrian signal one short block west and another one a short block east. Pedestrians aren’t that visible – lighting is poorly aimed, and when traffic backs up, people step out between cars. I drive very carefully through that area because the crosswalk invites people to cross. Usually I’m passing Burke as a pedestrian and I have noticed that most people are going either east or west from the crossing and could just as easily walk to the existing controlled intersections.
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