It’s unsafe when people driving can’t see people walking, whether because of overgrown greenery, inadequate lighting, or poorly-maintained crosswalks.

 
 

Solutions

image / tkaravou on Flickr

image / tkaravou on Flickr

Better lighting

Many crosswalks in the Pike District are poorly lit or not lit at all, making it difficult for drivers to see, and yield to, pedestrians.

image / PROSDOT photos on Flickr

image / PROSDOT photos on Flickr

clearly visible crosswalks

Drivers on Rockville Pike and on many of the major streets in the White FlintPike District area aren’t used to pedestrians walking alongside them since for decades, a pedestrian in that area was almost as rare as a really great $5 Bordeaux.  For the cost of a bucket of paint, cool crosswalks would draw attention to the fact that people now walk in the Pike District. (They’d also add some much needed beauty and pizzazz, but we digress.)

image / my_southborough on Flickr

image / my_southborough on Flickr

trim trees & vegetation

Improve sight lines by trimming trees and other vegetation so that drivers can actually see people walking.

 
 

Cost: low

Trimming trees, repainting crosswalks, and installing or upgrading lighting are relatively low-cost, easy solutions to implement.

 

Time: near-term

 

Examples in the Pike District

top feature image: Maarten Heerlien on Flickr