Sounds like the County official Andre’ Issayans, deputy director of the county Department of Public Works and Transportation, has decided to just blame the City for the safety problems with the Paint Branch Crossing. (The Diamondback)
…county officials blamed College Park for what they called an unsafe location for the crosswalk — a location the city had lobbied for to make the hiker-biker trail possible.
“That crossing should not have been there. It was the wrong place for it, and College Park pushed for it,” Issayans said.
It’s much safer for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross a highway at a signalized intersection, he said, and he recommended they instead cross Paint Branch Parkway at Route 1 to the west or at the fire station to the east.
Are you serious?
Mr. Issayans really believes folks should go 2000 feet out of their way to cross at Route 1? I’m sure from behind the windshield of a car 2000 feet isn’t very far but it will NOT happen on foot or on bike. Also, the crossing MUST go exactly where it is because this is the original path for the trolley. Any other location would have been ridiculous. I am glad the city pushed for the current location for the crossing. Why is it that pedestrians/cyclist are ALWAYS forced to make concessions for the all mighty automobile.
WashCycle has another post on the same subject appropriately titled “You made your crosswalk, now you have to die in it.”
According to Issayans the current Federal guidelines call for 100 or more pedestrians crossing per hour for at least four hours or at least 190 for any one hour, plus fewer than 60 gaps in traffic per hour. When the county last studied pedestrian traffic at the crosswalk several years ago, traffic engineers observed only around 30 pedestrians over several hours.
As pointed out in WashCycle these are just guidelines. One would think that another guideline should be 3 serious accidents in 3 months would also qualify. The county needs to just bite the bullet and install a activated red light.
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