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I agree with @SJE, mid-block crossings are sometimes way safer than the intersection because you only have to be aware in one direction on each side of the street, whereas at an intersection you have the turning cars. That's where a lot of "misunderstandings" occur. Example, a car pulls up at the intersection to take a right on a red light. First, to see past the car in the inside lane the driver pulls up into the cross-walk. Second, they look to the left to see if cars are coming into the intersection from the perpendicular street. This leaves the pedestrian unable to walk into the crosswalk unless they tap on the cars hood, or somehow else get the driver's attention. Or, they can try to walk around the back of the car. No matter what, it's not the safest way to cross the street.

by dc denizen on Jan 30, 2013 3:13 pm • linkreport

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