Tonight the Transportation Commission will be getting a first look at proposed street improvements around Encinal High School at the corner of the intersection of death, you know the intersection I’m referring to right? It’s on Central and is a funky convergence of four streets.
The improvements will remove two parking spaces and lay down a whole lot of paint so that cars racing through the area don’t feel inclined to run over pedestrians.
So this is just a first step, the City is considering on doing more public outreach to come up with a better permanent solution.
And in more pedestrian stuff, the issue of the safety of Otis between Mound and High Streets is also on the Transportation Commission agenda tonight as well. It appears that there have been a number of accidents in that area and the staff has recommended that the solution to reducing accidents is to remove pedestrian crossings. What they are proposing is to reduce the number of crosswalks in the area to concentrate and advocate that pedestrians use the Mound Street crossing and install a bunch of those flashing lights.
So, here’s the thing, while in theory removing crosswalks should work if we lived in a world where folks followed every single rule to the letter. But given that the shortest distance between two places is a straight line and no one likes to double back and there used to be a crosswalk where the City is removing it, I’m going to say that there will be a lot of jaywalking across that street until people “learn” that they are supposed to only cross where marked.
Edited to add: this graphic, because I realized that this discussion is missing photos: