Stopping traffic is safer?
Ada County Highway District is interesting. A pedestrian is sadly killed on State Street. ACHD’s answer is to install midblock pedestrian signals. Their staff reports that “stopping traffic is safer,” believing that the stopping traffic and increased congestion will be safer.
They used the opposite argument when they want to build their traffic circles. Then they report that moving traffic is safer because no one has to stop. They dismiss the fact that pedestrians could have to cross as many as eight roadways without stopping any of the traffic.
If we use ACHD’s State Street logic, wouldn’t the traffic circles be safer with pedestrian signals? Or would State Street be safer if traffic isn’t forced to stop?
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Dave Szplett, Kuna