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Subject:Traffic engineering angst
Time:11:14 am
These guys are getting ready to install traffic signals at the corner of Piedmont and Linda in Oakland.



From the positions and sizes of the pole mounts it seems clear that this is going to be a pedestrian-hating actuated signal that will be the ruin, from my perspective, of one of the few tolerable corners in the East Bay.



What the hell do you do? I don't think there's anything that makes it actually illegal for the Oakland Department of Public Works to do this (and apparently it's been budgeted since 2005, without any "beware the leopard" signs to have kept me from knowing about it), and it's not like I am going to be a very effective community organizer with my general despair about the place. I guess I will at least make some "call your city council member to tell them you hate this" signs to stick on the poles if my fears are realized.
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Time:2010-07-28 11:19 pm (UTC)
It's different, too, in places where the streets are set up in such a way that the traffic signals don't really matter for pedestrians. Demand-actuated signals are everywhere in Boston, but people just ignore them and cross against the light because the streets are narrow enough that you can without risk.
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Time:2010-07-29 06:10 am (UTC)
OK, I guess I haven't spent enough time in Boston to really understand how it works there!
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