I was near the UCLA campus this weekend and noticed several of these diagonal crosswalks. It looked like an efficient way to move large numbers of pedestrians at once, thus clearing the way for smoother automobile traffic, since all crosswalks have a walk sign at the same time.
I’m wondering if one of these would work at the intersection of 14th and Irving, which is one of the worst intersections in Columbia Heights. Metro Buses would be able to make a right turn from Irving to Southbound 14th without having to wait for pedestrians. During rush hour, sometimes only one or two cars are able to make a right or left turn after pedestrians have cleared the crosswalks.
What do the readers think and who in the city is in charge of traffic design?”
We actually have one in Chinatown too – it’s called a Barnes Dance from 7th and H St, NW:
DDOT was in charge, more info from a press release issued in 2010:
“The District Department of Transportation is launching a new pilot program aimed at providing safer crossings for pedestrians at one of the District’s most traversed intersections: 7th and H streets, NW in Chinatown. The new traffic pattern, commonly called a “Barnes Dance,” allows pedestrians to cross in every direction, including diagonally, at the same time while vehicles on all four sides of the intersection are stopped at a red signal. The change is scheduled to be implemented on Wednesday, May 12 at 10 am.
“We are really excited to launch this pilot, and the intersection we’ve chosen is a great place to test this innovative timing technique,” said DDOT Director Gabe Klein. “Nearly 27,000 pedestrians use this intersection on an average day and about 26,000 vehicles. We believe by utilizing the Barnes Dance we can minimize conflicts and create a safer environment for everyone.”
Statistics show there were 35 total vehicle crashes at that intersection with 9 injuries (4 involving pedestrians) in 2009, and a total of 15 pedestrians injured from 2005-2008.
From a press release: “The District Department of Energy and Environment hopes to see you on Kingman + Heritage Islands in two weeks for the third annual Kingman Island Friends…
Thanks to Michael for sending from near Garfield Park.
Photo by Dissolved Into Shadows Ed. Note: If this was you, please email [email protected] so I can put you in touch with OP. “Dear PoPville, Sunday Afternoon in Meridian Hill…
If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and…
St. Mary Armenian Church will hold its 75th Annual Armenian Fall Food Festival October 6-7 from 11am – 8pm at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church (4135 Fessenden St. NW). Traditional Armenian Food will be available for both Carry-out and Dine-in including Lamb and Chicken Kabobs, Cheese Boreg, Baklava and a wide variety of other delicious dishes. Traditional Armenian music and dancing on Saturday night and unique artisan vendors throughout the festival. Outdoor dining space is available as well as free on street parking. Can’t join us to dine-in? Order via link for carry-out with the link above.
At Generation Hope, we’re dedicated to supporting teen parents in college as they work toward earning their degrees. We are in need of caring child care volunteers for upcoming events on Saturday, October 21st (in Washington, DC), and Saturday, November 4th (in Arlington, VA). Join our growing volunteer community and support us at an event this fall!
At all of our events, we provide free onsite child care for the children of the teen parents we serve, creating a nurturing environment for the kiddos while their parents learn valuable life skills and build community.
If you enjoy working with children and are looking to make an immediate impact in your community, please visit https://www.generationhope.org/volunteer to learn more.
DC 20’s & 30’s Singles Happy Hour
You all asked, and were delivering! Our sold out September Singles Happy Hour was such a success, were throwing another! This time we are hosting at an even better venue, with a larger