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I recently read your article about the dangers of being a pedestrian in the District (“The Hardest Walk,” 7/12). While I wonder how a safe and responsible driver such as Sarah Godfrey could have managed to hit two of the newly installed traffic pylons, I agree that much remains to be done to encourage drivers from D.C. and (especially) Virginia and Maryland to respect the rights of pedestrians to cross the street without being run over.
I have, for example, been trying to get a stop sign or another traffic-calming device installed at the intersection of Cliffbourne and Calvert NW. We have one of the pylons you write about and, although its installation was a step forward, it does little to slow down the cars and buses that routinely go through our neighborhood at 45 mph.
I hope you will continue to spotlight this feature and work to make D.C. safe for all people, especially those traveling on two feet or two wheels.