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TheDukeofArgyll t1_iy62j7q wrote

Mid block crosswalks are extremely bad for pedestrians and traffic.


johnbrownbody t1_iy65d21 wrote

I've almost been run over at intersection crosswalks without a light. Midblock crosswalks aren't great but DC drivers are willing to kill you whether that's at midblock or intersection


brekky_sandy t1_iy7u5wp wrote

I’m going to disagree slightly. Mid block crosswalks can be great, but the ones in DC are implemented horribly. I consider myself to be a conscientious driver and I still have trouble with mid block crosswalks like the one on 14th street and R/S Street. It’s especially difficult on a Friday/Saturday night if you’re unfamiliar with the area: it’s dark, people are everywhere, and there are absolutely zero physical traffic calming measures to indicate to a driver that they are approaching a crosswalk.

I don’t want to run anyone over, but I almost did when I drove through 14th street at night for the first time because it’s just such a mess.


throws_rocks_at_cars t1_iy6byib wrote

They would work better if they were permanently illuminated and were raised to sidewalk level as some sort of huge speed bump.


TheDukeofArgyll t1_iy6cphg wrote

Agreed, I am all for continuous sidewalks


throws_rocks_at_cars t1_iy6d4qr wrote

Also every cross walk should come with a bucket of orange utility hammers that pedestrians can use to shatter the windows of passing cars in random acts of indiscriminate vandalism.


Ttabts t1_iy6mdsn wrote

This. Although I would prefer bricks - they can be thrown to do more damage with less risk to the vandal.


kelizziek t1_iy7t8r2 wrote

Yes but think of the rotator cuff injuries


-myBIGD t1_iy63h6n wrote

Agreed. I avoid these. Feels suicidal to me.


AngelsGoHome t1_iy69aef wrote

I live off a busy street and in the course of a mile there are about 3 intersections I dare cross it at. The rest? Forget about it!


Quelcris_Falconer13 t1_iy6q9uw wrote

100% I avoid them and only use them if there are absolutely no cars on the road. The people who just walk out in them with no regard are entirely too trusting