Comment 91218

By brendan (registered) | Posted August 22, 2013 at 11:10:29 in reply to Comment 91216

If its a matter of waiting for 5 seconds until there is a gap in traffic, its unreasonable to expect cars to stop.

Here's why it's a big deal: A pedestrian walks at something like 4 kph. Slower for seniors. Cannon is something like 14m wide. That means it takes 12.5 seconds to cross all five lanes. In 12.5 seconds, a car travelling at 60 kph can cover just over 200m of distance. As a pedestrian, can you be sure that a car won't pop out of an intersection for the next 12 seconds? Can you see that all lanes are clear for the length of two football fields?

I see pedestrians guessing wrong on Cannon every day, and wind up playing Frogger with traffic. (Luckily I haven't witnessed an accident yet, but there have been a few close calls.) Simply put, it makes sense for cars to stop because relying on pedestrians to judge when traffic has cleared results in more dead pedestrians.

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