why so many invisible pedestrians crossing Alma going to the train?
Original post made by Keifer on Dec 20, 2012
Tuesday night as I was driving south on Alma around 5:25pm, the car in front of me swerved and stopped short as we approached Forest. After a few seconds later, I saw one man crossing Alma there in that crosswalk. That crosswalk has no light, no stop sigh, no lights, just white stripes on the ground and a sign. The guy crossing the street could hardly be bothered to look up from his phone and indeed, it was a reflection from his phone that allowed me to see him as he was dressed head to toe in black. He was the invisible pedestrian if there ever was one, and a stupid one at that. I fully realize that pedestrians have the right of way, but really, crossing a poorly lit street in the dark, dressed in black, more concerned about your phone than 4 lanes of traffic? In the contest of cars vs people, people always loose and get crushed. Unfortunate, but sadly true.
Last night, I witnessed a similar incident. This time a woman in dark clothes weaving in-between cars, no where near a crosswalk, looking rather indignant at all the traffic that didn't stop to acknowledge her lunacy.
Why is the crosswalk across Alma at Forest without a stop light? Why do people dressed in black assume drivers can see them when they are simply invisible?
I won't go into the guy riding ever so slowly in a recumbent bike going north on Alma the other night. Seemingly oblivious to the auto traffic backed up all around him. Hello! There is a really nice bike route a few blocks over, it's on Bryant.
on Dec 20, 2012 at 10:23 pm
Darwinism in action. It happens all day, every day.
on Dec 20, 2012 at 11:23 pm
The city is taking this green thing to far. We need more and brighter street lights around crosswalks on busy streets. The city should know that there are way to many reckless speeding drivers on Alma and also that a lot of pedestrians need to cross the street.
Don't blame the pedestrian for "wearing black". Almost any color will look "black" when the street lights are dim.
on Dec 21, 2012 at 12:15 am
>>"Darwinism in action."
If only that were true, Palo Alto would be a ghost town ;)