Walking Everywhere, and Anywhere!

Every now and then I will update this blog with thoughts about walking, and being a pedestrian in Southern California. As of 2014, this blog will also be featuring posts about my bicycle adventures around Southern California.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Scariest Intersection I Have Ever Crossed: Redlands Blvd and California Street

This intersection is very scary to cross, especially in the middle of the day when drivers only give you about two seconds to get across it.  Yes, I can make it across the four lane road in two seconds because I am scared of being hit on a continuous basis.  Right when you go to cross on the walking light, well you usually have a driver who is way to eager beaver to make their right hand California turn on a red light.  I know they must be in a hurry, but I can guarantee they will get wherever they are going faster than I am.  Often I have to gesture and point out that I have the walking light, which should be able to see if they are obeying the rules of the road.  On too many occasions I have been moored in the middle of California Street when five cars decide to all make their right hand turns on a red light, and the ones behind them cannot see you.  So I am truly hoping that the drivers along this intersection shape up and start obeying California traffic laws once the school opens up. 

If you are driving, then it is California law that you must yield pedestrians when they have the walking light.  Too many times the people who make the a right hand turn when you were walking across the street were on their phone texting someone, and I know because I seen this more than a hundred times over a four year period while cross this intersection.  It happens at others, but this one is the worst.  I have nearly been hit on numerous occasions by people doing that, but that is just another example of driver negligence.  As a pedestrian you truly have to look out for your safety because often drivers are texting, eating, and putting on make-up, and you will see them before they see you.

2 comments:

  1. I get very frustrated every spring and summer as a walker. People ignore cross walks and I get really annoyed. I just start walking across it when they ignore me and then I point and mouth that it is a cross walk. They eventually stop or slow down.

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  2. I have had to do the same thing. I do not know what it is about Sundays, but some of the rudest drivers are out and about then.

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