Comment 91195

By adrian (registered) | Posted August 22, 2013 at 08:03:04

On streets that are more balanced in their design, like James Street North or Locke Street South, it is much easier for pedestrians to cross the street safely because drivers implicitly recognize that pedestrians have a right to be there.

This is a good point. I work on Locke and not only do drivers often (though not always) stop for pedestrians who want to cross at the crosswalks, but they often stop to let pedestrians cross elsewhere on the street. This isn't just because drivers recognize the rights of pedestrians, it's also because there is a sense of greater proximity and community. Traffic is slow enough that it is easy to make eye contact, and when you're driving and you stop and let groups of people cross the street, you get smiles and little waves that reinforce why you stopped in the first place.

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