This might come off as more of a rant than anything else but it’s something that bothers me a great deal and this is my avenue to express my concerns.
Crosswalks allow pedestrians to travel from one side of a street to the other at a predefined roadway intersection. Many of these intersections have pedestrian signals in addition to vehicle signals. Some, however, do not. So, how do the pedestrians know when they can cross?
Interesting question, I know. You see, at a young age, I was taught how to not only use crosswalks at intersections with pedestrian signals but also at intersections without them. It’s really not a difficult concept and one I’m sure I mastered at least by the age of seven. I was a fast learner.
Why, then, I ask of anyone who can provide an answer, must I sit at an intersection for nearly forty seconds while all of the lights are red so that people may cross the street? Why do all the lights have to be red?
Not only does this show a lack of education on the part of the people crossing the street, it also shows of lack of trust by the lawmakers in those pedestrians to be able to handle such a difficult situation. Furthermore, it congests the flow of vehicle traffic, especially during rush hour. The expressway is about two miles from my house. There are many evenings it will take me nearly an hour to go that distance.
There is absolutely no need for all the lights to be red for forty seconds. Orlando lawmakers need to have more trust in the ability of pedestrians to cross the street. Lights are not set up this way downtown where there is much more foot traffic. Are pedestrians being killed daily downtown? Unless the news is failing to report it, the answer to that is no.
This is a simple task: crossing the street. Follow the green light, look both ways and you’ll be fine. I think I learned that twenty five years ago.