8 Feb 2010, 2:18pm
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Pedestrian scramble update

If you read my previous post¬†about pedestrian scrambles, you know that it’s not the newest dance¬†craze sweeping the nation, but rather an experiment by the City of San Antonio¬†at¬†improving vehicular and pedestrian traffic downtown by installing “exclusive pedestrian phases” at more than a dozen intersections.¬† I was back downtown again today for a meeting with some¬†colleagues and discovered two more intersections with the new setup that I missed last time: Navarro at Crocket and Navarro at College.¬† Also, all of the locations along Commerce, Market, and Dolorosa that had not been activated last time were now online.¬† Alas, though, still none at Convention Plaza.¬†

While walking to lunch with my colleagues, we stopped for¬†a “don’t walk” signal at one of the scramble intersections.¬† One of them noticed that the¬†signal for vehiclular traffic headed our direction was green but that we had a “don’t walk” signal and instinctively realized that something was amiss.¬† Ah, she must not have read my blog!¬† (Doesn’t everybody?)¬† After I explained what was afoot (pun completely intended), she commented that she was really happy with the¬†new configuration¬†and couldn’t wait to cross diagonally– it was like being able to finally do something that had long been verboten.

While out and about, I noticed many other people taking advantage of the diagonal crossing ability.¬† I did see¬†a couple of¬†instances, though, where people were crossing against the light and obstructing turning vehicles, thus thwarting the intent of the project.¬† Over time, I’m sure people will¬†understand and adjust to the changes.


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