Sarah Godfrey’s “The Hardest Walk” (7/12) questioned the city’s program to improve pedestrian safety. Unfortunately, the article is a mishmash of arguments to support the writer’s
continuation of bad driving and pedestrian habits.
In her article, Godfrey admits to being a self-centered, aggressive D.C. driver and pedestrian. She then criticizes the city’s program of putting warning signs in the middle of crosswalks.
The signs are very easy to see.
One should question why Godfrey has already hit two signs and had many near misses, as she indicates in the article.
Godfrey also admits to jaywalking. Her rationale—that with all the cross streets, using crosswalks could leave you farther away from your destination than when you started—is based on a false premise. I would suggest that the crosswalks are designed to take advantage of road intersections. The crosswalk should be the shortest way across a road, if not necessarily the shortest way to a destination.
Traffic in the city can be bad, and, depending on the circumstance, drivers and pedestrians can be equally to blame. I would suggest that all drivers and pedestrians take note of the rights and responsibilities listed in the “Safe Streets” brochure and apply them to their own activities.
The city’s program of placing fluorescent yellow warning signs in the center of crosswalks should be commended. Contrary to your article’s subtitle (“Who will protect pedestrians from pedestrian-safety reform?”), the signs will advance the cause of pedestrian safety.