Dear PoPville – Crosswalk law

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“Dear PoPville,

The other day I was trying to use the crosswalk that crosses Florida where it meets R st. NW. Obviously no one was stopping, and I began to get a little annoyed given the seemingly endless stream of traffic. In the distance I saw a cop coming and thought “surely they will allow me to cross and set the example for other drivers.” Instead, they showed no signs of stopping and as they drove by I wagged my finger at them. I eventually crossed and the cops caught up with me me, asking if I needed anything. I told them I was wagging my finger because I thought they of all people should have allowed me to cross. The cops then proceeded to lecture me that I had to actually be in the crosswalk to gain the right of way.

So is that really the law?

DC ranks among the highest in the nation for pedestrian injuries when you take into account the number of pedestrian commuters. In a city where walking is so important I think it is a shame if the law really required people to risk their lives and step onto the crosswalk to get cars to yield to them. I, for one, am tired of being terrified our cities dangerous crosswalks.”

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  • Cars have right of way until they yield it to a pedestrian. Pedestrians don’t have right of way until it’s given to them by approaching traffic. Pedestrians have a responsibility to only enter a crosswalk if traffic has time to yield (i.e. don’t step in front of a car that would have to jam its brakes to come to a stop).

    • Um, that’s not how “yielding” works. Your last sentence is perfectly reasonable, but the second a pedestrian enters the crosswalk, cars MUST yield. It’s DC law. However, I’m used to surburbanites not understanding such laws, especially the ones racing (read: over the speed limit) up 15th thru the N St crosswalk, only to slam on their brakes at the usually red RI light.

      • Ummm, that’s straight from a traffic engineer at DelDOT.

        • Ummmm, i don’t care, unless it’s also straight from a cop/lawyer and one preferably versed in DC’s laws, not Delaware’s. Did you seriously just namedrop credentials that have NOTHING to do with DC on a post about DC’s traffic/pedestrian laws?

    • Thank you for the last statement. I love it when people step out in the crosswalks when i’m no more than 12 inches away from the white lines and they expect me to grind my brakes so that they can walk by. Then they proceed to cuss and flip me off. Wow, really? Do you not have the common sense to just wait until I pass? As a pedestrian, even if I knew that I had the right to walk through at any point, I would NEVER purposefully step out in front of a moving vehicle.

      • Why are you not alert to and looking for pedestrians on the curb trying to cross in the crosswalk before speeding through so fast that you would be required to “grind my brakes” to stop?

        • that might make sense if no one ever just waited at intersections which many people do.

          i’ve stopped my car waiting for many people who never cross.

        • great question!!! the drivers here are cuckoo!

          • Does anyone understand physics? Even at 25 mph, which is the speed limit, stopping down an object as heavy as a car takes more than a split second. So if I’m following the law at 25 and a pedestrian steps out at the last second, it’s pretty tough for me to stop my vehicle.

        • Maybe this needs to be rehashed, the law, which according to many commenters, bikes and pedestrians apparently dont have to follow but cars must respect it to the letter, says pedestrians must be IN the crosswalk to receive the right of way. You do not get the right of way for merely breathing and being in close proximity to a cross walk.

          This means, all you aggressive pedestrians out there, you’re not allowed to race to the curb to try to make a car yield to you… you actually have to be in the process of crossing to have the legal right of way.

          This is a lesson all militant pedestrians should learn.

  • bfinpetworth

    The DDOT has made clear to me through email that its priority is VEHICLE safety, not PEDESTRIAN safety. Here is the quote from an email I recieved last week in which I requested a stop sign at a dangerous intersection (5th and Webster) in Petworth near two elementary schools:

    Q: Why does the intersection of Webster Street and 5th Street not have All Way Stop signs?

    A: Stop signs are not speed reduction devices. The reason that this intersection does not have an All Way Stop signs because the traffic volume data that DDOT has collected for this intersection does not warrant the placement of such signage at this location. Also, in order for an intersection to be considered for All Way Stop signs, the intersection must be shown to be at risk for a specific kind of vehicular accident (right angle collisions). This intersection only has one recorded right-angle collision in the past year.

    • Send this to your Council Member (Graham?) and copy Terry Bellamy and Mary Cheh – ask them how many kids will have to be hit before they pay attention.

      Unfortunately, however, the answer is likely that at least one kid will have to be hit before they pay attention.

      I had been asking for speed cameras and pylons to be inserted at precisely the intersection that the OP mentions. No one did anything for over three months – then one morning I see that someone got hit. I sent out another round of e-mails and the pylons (the signs in the middle of the road) were up the next day.

  • The signs say, “Yieled to pedestrians in crosswalk,” not, “Yieled to pedestrians on the side of the road, looking wistfully at crosswalk.”

  • If your foot is in the crosswalk drivers are supposed to stop or be subject to a ticket.

  • I believe that is correct. But I also believe that pedestrians are not allowed to be in the crosswalk unless the cars have stopped. So … yeah, not sure how that’s supposed to happen.

    • I generally step into the gutter so I’m still reasonably safe yet have made clear my intention to cross.

      Not that it makes any difference.

    • Thats patently false. Pedestrians do not have to wait for all cars to stop to get into the cross walk. I.E. the car down the block that is moving is supposed to yield if you are in the cross walk. You arent supposed to stand on the curb and wait for them to get to the cross walk and stop and then you proceed. You are supposed to only walk out in the road if cars are given a reasonable time and distance to stop. Common sense tells you, you should only walk in front of cars that are obviously driving sanely, with drivers that are alert.

      Its not that hard. I am both a frequent driver and a frequent pedestrian and the problems that exist with both populations are a result of not understanding basic common sense and the law.

  • It’s when your foot is in the crosswalk. However, mid-block crosswalks are insanely stupid, IMO, and I’m 90% pedestrian, 9% driver, 1% hoverer.

    In a city, a driver’s eyes are traffic light to traffic, light, side to side, car in front, mirror in back. It’s very difficult to anticipate a mid-block pedestrian crossing and it’s dangerous as hell to stop short to allow someone to cross and risk getting rear ended, pushed forward, thus killing/injuring the pedestrian.

    There are a number of crosswalks like this on 16th St. where I used to live (16th and Oak) and with half of the cars texting, farting, smoking, whatever and the other half watching light, the pedestrians are really easy to miss.

    • Most of the crosswalks in DC have *gasp* street signage; signs that are on driver’s tests and would presumably be what driver’s eyes should take in. So we’re blaming crosswalks and pedestrians for lazy, distracted drivers?

    • You make city driving seem a lot more difficult than it actually is. If drivers can look out for cars in front and behind them, surely they can look out for pedestrians in front of them. Signage exists to let drivers know that pedestrians might be entering into a crosswalk. If you can’t see this signage, then you’re probably not paying attention, driving too fast, or both.

    • Sorry to say, but +1

  • Yeah, this is fucked up. How do people ever get across if cars don’t have to stop?

    In my opinion, bigger faster more dangerous things should stop for slower smaller less dangerous things. So when I drive I stop for pedestrians.

    With great momentum comes great responsibility.

    • ah

      On an avian forum somewhere the birds are nodding in agreement vis-a-vis their complaints with commercial aircraft.

    • In water traffic the opposite is true. The more maneuverable vessel has the responsibility to move. So a sailboat gets out of the way of an ocean tanker even though it is smaller and moves slower.

    • +10000
      I cross Florida and R several times a week to get to Big Bear Cafe, and fear for my life every time. One time a couple weeks ago a car honked at me loud and long because I was crossing in a crosswalk – and I was well into the crosswalk when it was a half-block away. If you’re in a car, particularly in a city, you’re going to have to stop for people, not because the law says they’re already in the crosswalk but because people cross streets and you don’t want to kill them. This intersection is in dire need of a stop sign because drivers don’t seem to understand this.

    • Gladly +1!

  • As a pedestrian, I walk into the crosswalk and make eye contact with the driver. If the driver refuses to stop, I slap the back of their car as they drive by. The ensuing commotion and verbal exchange with driver #1 usually results in driver #2 having to stop for me.

    As a driver, I stop for any pedestrian that is in the street. If you’re a pedestrian hanging out on the sidewalk near a crosswalk, I’m not stopping. How do I not know you aren’t just waiting for someone or looking for a cab?

    Pedestrian me and driver me have several altercations over the years when our paths crossed…..

    • I do the same thing (whack a car that doesn’t stop, especially if I have an umbrella handy).

      • When I get the chance, I like to take a whack at their mirror instead. Nothing is more rewarding than knocking one out of line.

        As a driver, of course, I would shoot anyone who did that to my car. Just as soon as I got a gun…

      • WOW, @ ‘2:09 PM’ and ’14th St. Heights’…. Do you really hit the passing car?! And, with an object?! Seems to me that taking down a license plate or flagging down a cop is one thing but this sort of vigilante ‘justice’ seems more than a little bit risky (from a personal safety standpoint) and likely indefensible (from a legal standpoint – esp. if the distraction that YOU cause then leads to an accident)…

        • I smacked a car once that nearly hit me and the driver pulled over and jumped out and went ape shit on me. I’ve never done it since. The thing is that it’s scary and shitty when a car nearly hits you, but honestly, I doubt that smacking someone’s car will deter them from that behavior in the future…and it just might get me a serious beatdown instead.

          • Yeah I’ve gotten screamed at by enough drivers for just existing in the crosswalk (okay I USED to be a jaywalker, but I am reformed now, I swear!) so the last thing I’m gonna do is touch someon’e vehicle and give them (what they think is) a real excuse to come after me.

          • You all who mentioned hitting cars that don’t stop for you really need to stop it. Don’t think for one moment that doing this to the wrong person will not get you a beatdown in the worst way or yet killed! I’m serious!

    • One day a scrawny hipster type decided that I had improperly failed to yield to his attempt to jaywalk Mt. Pleasant St. and threw a water bottle at my windshield. In response, I goddam near threw him through the picture window of Heller’s Bakery. If a fifty-year-old guy in a suit reacts like that, you should assume that anyone will, and weigh your options carefully before getting uppity about perceived wrongs.

      Admittedly, I was in a bad mood, but…

  • @elcal There was no blame assigned. I’m pointing out that mid-block crossings can be nearly invisible. That’s the fault of the human cognitive processes, city planners, road angles, sunlight, night time, jesus, whatever you want. Where did you see me blaming pedestrians?

    • “There are a number of crosswalks like this on 16th St. where I used to live (16th and Oak) and with half of the cars texting, farting, smoking, whatever and the other half watching light, the pedestrians are really easy to miss.”

      That sounds like letting the drivers off the hook for being distracted while driving through a poorly planned “intersection” with a crosswalk. You’re coming up with excuses for hitting or not stopping for pedestrians. BTW, that “mid-block” crosswalk at 16/Oak is actually Meridian, a through street (so, not mid-block at all), and the crosswalk is well-painted.

      • Sweet mary and her glowing french fries…I said “a number of them where I used to live.” That should imply an area. How could I be referring to the one at Meridian? That’s not where i said I lived.

        And I’m not letting nobody off the hook for shit. Really, please read what I wrote rather than cut and paste a quote without thinking. Did I say “10 points for hitting pedestrians! 15 if you’re texting!”? Am I defending or blaming anyone in particular? Or, possibly, am I pointing to a problem that acknowledges shortcomings in driver behavior and design flaws?

        Wait, don’t answer that. Let’s just agree that I’m writing in broken Aramaic or some other language I don’t write very well and you can’t decipher at all. That way, we can have a more productive co-existence on PoP. Separately, but equally.

        • There is paint on the street indicating crosswalks, sometimes where there is also a light. This is not invisibility, this is failure to identify key parts of the driven environment. Poor design my ass.

          Meridian Place (after Oak; or do you not consider nearby streets as part of where you live?) is the only non-traffic light crosswalk on 16th from the Park to Kalorama (which has a bright neon sign in the median). If you’re referring to ANY other cross street of 16 in that neighborhood you misunderstand what a crosswalk is. Maybe you really are speaking another effing language.

          I’m reading what you’re writing. You admit to driver error, but you keep including “howevers”, which is an excuse, an out, a diminishing of responsibility on those breaking (what appear in your eyes to be poorly planned) laws/xwalks. “Oh, those pedestrians are so hard for me to see! How can I be expected to yield?”

  • I am acutely aware of this problem at the exact intersection the writer references as i have to cross it at least twice a day. Usually I will start crossing when the traffic on “my side” is clear enough, in order to give the opposing side enough time to see that there is now a pedestrian in the crosswalk (and there is even a sign in the middle of the road saying to “Yield to Peds”.

    However 90% of the time the traffic in the opposing lane does not stop. I am left sanding in the middle of the road standing directly next to (and with my hand on top of) the yield sign. the only ones that regularly stop are police and school busses. even if there is some gap for me to make it through i have seen drivers not even attempt to slightly lower their speed when they see me in from of them, so i am left having to scuttle to get out of their way. More often than not if they just slowed down slightly they would not have to completely stop.

  • Mid-block or non-crosswalk pedestrians are a self-correcting problem.

  • I had an experience similar to the OP’s — waiting in a crosswalk, cars going by and not stopping, then seeing a police car and thinking, “Ah! Finally someone who will stop for me!”

    So I walked through the crosswalk. I was dumbfounded when, after I reached the other side, the cop yelled something out the window to the effect that I shouldn’t have been crossing.

    I’m fairly meek and am about the last person to talk back to a cop… but I said (in disbelief), “It’s a CROSSWALK!” and walked off.

    The explanation in the OP’s case didn’t apply, because I’d already stepped into the crosswalk. (I had to, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to see beyond parked traffic.)

    I know as a driver that sometimes it’s hard to see a pedestrian in a crosswalk… but sometimes the drivers are just being jerks.

    • ah

      You’re dumbfounded that cops in this city don’t always comply with the law? Perhaps he just didn’t notice you because he was talking on his cellphone?

  • I don’t understand the issue. There are stoplights and pedestrian lights at that intersection. Why not just go when the pedestrian signal says go?

    • Incorrect. At the R and Florida NW intersection there’s just a painted crosswalk and yield sign. And for several months recently there wasn’t even a sign.

      • I’m confused too…are we talking about the intersection of Florida and R NW, in front of Restaurant Nora? Because I thought there were lights there.

        • There are 2 R and Florida NW intersections. The one in question is in Bloomingdale near Big Bear, not the one at Nora’s in Dupont.

    • Actually, there are no lights at this intersection, but it is clearly marked as a pedestrian crossing. (see Google Street View here:

      The OP is right on by pointing out that cars travel very quickly on Florida and don’t often stop for pedestrians, even though it’s a pretty pedestrian heavy area. On my way back and forth to the Bloomingdale Farmer’s Market, I usually have to wait for several cars to zoom by before making my way across. I’d say the problem is similar for this area of Florida and upper 16th Street NW as others have mentioned in the comments.

  • Use common sense and patience when crossing the street. You gotta let your intention be known to get any respect from drivers but there’s a thin line before you are one of the “entitled pedestrians” (i.e. charging into the crosswalk directly in front of cars – creating a dangerous situation for the drivers due to your impatience) that are so irksome.

    • ahem, as a point of fact, pedestrians *are* “entitled” to the right of way in most situations.

    • Patrick, I so agree with you!!! There are a lot of entitled peds out there that are risking their lives stepping out in front of moving cars on a very busy street.

  • At least in 16th St Heights, these are end of block crosswalks. People cutting through just gun by and look at you. They are not stopping because they treat our residential streets like highways, not because they are not seeing the pedestrians. I personally think we need more pylons and some enforcement in the city. Residential neighborhoods are not commuter cut throughs.

  • That intersection is the worst if you’re not a car. I have to be uber careful when I am crossing there because cars fly by with no precaution at all, and there have been a few times when I’ve been close to being hit. Scary.

  • The whole area around FL-R St-1st St NW is a total c-f for pedestrians. That crosswalk at R & Florida is a death trap and very few people stop — and those that do, typically have some asshat driver behind them who then barrel around the side of the stopped car and speed through the crosswalk.

    The four-way stop at 1st & R isn’t much better. People blow through the stop sign (heading south to cross FL) when the light is green — with no regard for pedestrians (or other drivers trying to cross 1st).

  • We have this problem at an intersection in our Brookland neighborhood. Cars rarely stop even if you are in the crosswalk. I’ve started holding up my hand as a stop signal — a trick I stole from my daughter (they teach them to do that at school if they ever need to cross the street). The cars usually will stop in response to that, but not always.

  • Pedestrians should always cross in a crosswalk, especially if there’s one available. It’s a courtesy for the drivers, just as yielding to a pedestrian is courtesy to walkers.

    I always yield to a pedestrian (crosswalk or not), but when people walk in front of traffic in the middle of an intersection on streets where there’s a traffic light and crosswalk, that’s just stupid and there’s no excuse. You’re no more entitled to breaking the law than a driver is.

    If you never drive in this city, it’s awfully hard to understand how hard it is to be a driver, and if you never walk, it’s awfully hard to understand how it is to be a pedestrian. Gotta look at these types of questions from both angles.

    • I don’t think anyone is contending that pedestrians should cross the street and expect cars to stop where no crosswalk is present. This whole post is about the fact that cars do not stop for pedestrians who wish to use a legitimate and legal crosswalk.

      • If you don’t express an intent to cross the intersection by taking a step into the crosswalk (probably cars parked in the parking lane too), then how would the car know you’re trying to cross?

        I read the post – but people hail cabs and make phone calls on the corner and why would I stop for that?

  • Are we talking about the intersection where Restaurant Nora is or somewhere else?

    • claire

      I believe the intersection being referred to is in Bloomingdale by 2nd St NW. I live right near there, and it is most certainly a scary place to cross. I’ll admit, it’s curbed my use of the Capital Bikeshare bikes because I know I have to cross Florida there to get to them.

    • The intersection in question is at 100 block of R ST NW at Florida Avenue NW (at the opposite end of the block from Big Bear Cafe at the corner of 1st and R ST NW).

    • there is no restaurant nora anywhere near florida and R NW (near 1st)

      • But there is a Restaurant Nora at the intersection of Florida and R NW by Dupont Circle, which is the one I (and at least one other commenter) originally thought that this post was referring to. Glad we got that cleared up…thanks!

  • This frustrates me as well. I have to cross NH Ave on my way to the Metro every morning, at an intersection with a crosswalk but no traffic light. It’s like the cars zooming southbound into the city don’t even see me.

    On the flip side, I can’t stand pedestrians who, at intersections with signals, stroll through against the light and stare down the oncoming drivers.

    • Yeah. I used to see this kind of flagrant jaywalking at the Georgia Ave.-New Hampshire intersection far too often. (Although I don’t think there was any staring down; the pedestrians weren’t even _looking_ at the drivers.)

      I’m pleased to say I’ve seen it a lot less in recent years, though.

  • I’ve had this same problem at this same intersection and it will become even more of a problem because the Capitol Bikeshare docks are right there now giving way to even more foot traffic crossing as people walk to/from the bike docks.

    There are cogent arguments on both sides. The cross walk is painted clear and not fading and there are YIELD signs posted with clear unobstructed views. There are times I’ve stood at this crosswalk waiting to cross (one foot or two feet into the street, don’t matter) and drivers just don’t care. I’ve been 1/3 way into the street forcing cars going in one direction to stop while the cars travelling the opposite direction, who MUST see me as I’ve stopped the other side’s traffic, just speed on through.

    This is symbolic of a pervasive and dangerous attitude I see all around our city and country – everyone for themselves no matter the cost to anyone else. People should be mindful of how the treat strangers just as they are about how they treat people they know.

  • “The cops then proceeded to lecture me that I had to actually be in the crosswalk to gain the right of way.

    So is that really the law?”

    From DCMR Title 18 Chapter 22 Section 8 (Right of Way in Intersections):

    When official traffic-control signals are not in place or not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall stop and give the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection

    From DCMR Title 18 Chapter 23 Section 2 (Right of Way in Crosswalks):

    No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb, safety platform, safety zone, loading platform, or other designated place of safety and walk or turn into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.

    From DCMR Title 18 Chapter 23 Section 0 (General Provisions):

    Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter and of Chapters 12 and 21, every operator of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrians or any person propelling a human powered vehicle and shall give an audible signal when necessary, and shall exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any obviously confused, incapacitated, or intoxicated person.

    I am not a certified expert in D.C. traffic law, but it looks in a basic reading that the cops were probably right in their explanation. There’s no duty to yield to someone who hasn’t entered the roadway at an uncontrolled intersection, but there is a duty to yield to someone who is crossing in the crosswalk. So in reality one should wait to a reasonable break in traffic, then enter the crosswalk at that an intersection like that.

  • andy

    What about the aspect where the guy gives the cop the finger waggle? (Which sounds dumb, but everybody gives into their temper sometimes.)

    It didn’t seem like the cop wanted to see if the dude needed help.

    It just sounds like the cop wanted to come back and tell the dude not to make unfriendly gestures to people with the law on their side.

  • whoa. mind. is. blown.

  • I think the cop might be right in the sense that a ped has to be in the crosswalk to get right-of-way, but he’s wrong if he was implying that drivers don’t need to slow down (if this is an intersection):

    Title 18, 2200.5: The driver of every vehicle shall, consistent with requirements of this section, drive at an appropriate reduced speed when approaching and crossing an intersection or railway grade crossing; when approaching and going around a curve; when approaching a hill crest; when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway; and when special hazard exists with respect to pedestrians or other traffic, or by reason of weather or highway conditions.

    • “I think the cop might be right in the sense that a ped has to be in the crosswalk to get right-of-way, but he’s wrong if he was implying that drivers don’t need to slow down (if this is an intersection):”

      Nope, I’m not implying that…they do need to slow down, but the way DCMR is written doesn’t necessarily obligate them to stop if the pedestrian standing on the sidewalk who hasn’t stepped into the crosswalk looks like he may be considering crossing the street.

      I think that the solution would be add signals to the intersection, but DDOT engineers might have fits if they think the traffic queuing gets too bad.

  • i thought everyone knew that you had to take 1 step out into the crosswalk to show your intention to cross. learn how to walk, OP!

  • This intersection is really really dangerous for a pedestrian. Getting across this intersection in a car is difficult and when traffic is congested, I suggest avoiding it on foot altogether. Just cross at First and Florida and walk over to R… no need to risk getting hurt to save yourself 3 minutes…

  • yes, you need to step in the intersection. but that intersection is dangerous to step into.

    it needs a traffic light.

  • I like the photo that accompanies the story. That intersection (L and 18th) is good for people-watching, as there’s a left turn signal for eastbound L St that pedestrians walking east/west on L are rarely aware of. North/South traffic goes from green to red, but then East/West traffic gets a left turn to the north. A ton of angry interactions between motorists and pedestrians at that intersection. The best is when pedestrians casually cross during the green arrow and can’t figure out what all that angry honking is.

    Similar intersection at 20 and L.

  • Not sure if they still have this in Chevy Chase but there’s a crosswalk on Conn. Ave. near the Avalon Theatre that has bright orange flags for pedestrians to use to cross.

    Worked great…ped grabs flag, cars can’t help but see it, cars stop to allow ped to cross, ped replaces flag in slot on other side. There are multiple flags to use.

    • I love them!

      I used to call them “dork flags,” because I thought anyone carrying one would look like a dork. Then one time when I was going through the crosswalk at night after seeing a movie at the Avalon, I realized that it was in my best interest to carry one.

      Now I use them in the daytime too, if there’s traffic.

      • I felt kind of silly too the first time but it felt pretty empowering…kind of like the school crosswalk lady (:

        Maybe peds need to carry their own versions….just thinking of the possible symbols on them makes me smile (: and darn it they DO work!

  • What about installing some of these?

    I used to love embarrassing my friends by using them when I was a teenager. They would work great on the crosswalks Riggs and Corcoran crosswalks on 14th.

    Oh, wait, this is D.C., they *might* get stolen. Maybe this:

  • I live right next to this crosswalk. Nobody ever stops whether I’m on the side of the road, on in the middle of the street. With cars coming and going in both directions, if I can make it across with out having someone with MD tags yelling at me or swerving to scare me I consider it a wi

  • I cross this crosswalk all the time and I have to admit its horrible. Within the past month they put the signs in the middle of Florida Ave but it hasn’t done a damn bit of good. People fly down this road and its downright dangerous.

    Even when you cross the street at Florida and R I am constantly looking. Its sad that I am waiting for the day that I get hit.

  • DC Police gave me a ticket for failing to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk…but the pedestrian was still on the curb. Their logic was that the pedestrian was waiting to walk through the crosswalk and I should have stopped so they could walk safely. As a frequent walker/infrequent driver I empathize, but the idea of scanning the sidewalks for people who look like they might be thinking about crossing was new to me!

  • I think any intersection that has more than two lanes of traffic should have traffic signals.

  • I was nearly hit by a cop car while crossing 14th on Randolph Rd. The cop looked at me, slowed down and then sped up as I was about halfway into the intersection. He was about 6 inches away from hitting me.
    I no longer assume that just because a cop car sees you in the intersection and slows down, they wont still try to hit you.

  • I would gladly yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. My problem is all of the pedestrians in the H street NE area who don’t understand crosswalks, “don’t walk” signals, or that laws do in fact apply to them.

    It’s like playing a real life game of frogger

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