3-Way Street

3-Way Street from ronconcocacola on Vimeo.

The above video is part of Ron Gabriel’s 3-Way Street campaign. The purpose of the video is to “show our interconnected role in improving the safety and usability of our streets.”

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[Hat tip to Eric!]

10 Responses to “3-Way Street”

  • Gonewest says:

    Wow, it’s no wonder New Yorkers complain about bicyclists. Those bicyclists in the video are not doing us any favors with their blatant scofflaw behavior.

    However, just to keep the discussion lively, let’s hypothesize that the problem starts with jaywalking. Jaywalkers make it so the only way a car can turn in midtown Manhattan is by doing the “aggressive yield” and then sort of forcing through the turn. Similar for bicycles, except bicycles can cut between pedestrians more easily than cars (and with proportionally less risk if they make a mistake).

    Logically this implies the NYPD should ticket jaywalkers aggressively, but you know that won’t happen.

  • dweendaddy says:

    I always defend bicyclists, including NYC bicyclists, is that is where I was born and raised (biking through NYC all along the way), but those bicyclists are HORRIBLE!
    I hope the editing made the bikers look worse than they are, percentage wise.

  • Nate Briggs says:

    My wife came in from another part of the house because I was shouting so loud at some of these stunts. These riders must really believe in Divine Intervention.

    … Nate (SLC)

  • Eric says:

    @Gonewest: At almost every intersection in NYC, there is a walk light in the same direction as the green traffic signal which changes to “Walk” every time the light turns green. The people crossing the street in the same direction the cars are moving aren’t jay walking but it is true that it can be challenging to turn a car in Manhattan. I personally think this is a great way to encourage foot traffic over driving and wish all city’s had lights that functioned in this way. It feels incredibly stupid to have to push a button and sometimes wait through an entire light cycle to cross a street on foot. The rule should be: if it’s green for cars, it’s green for pedestrians (unless there’s a dedicated turn signal).

  • Matthew says:

    “The rule should be: if it’s green for cars, it’s green for pedestrians (unless there’s a dedicated turn signal”

    Until you have a wide street to cross and a conga line of turning cars to forever block and threaten to run down pedestrians. There’s two intersections like that nearby and during rush hour it is impossible for a pedestrian to cross without having someone “tap” you with their bumper as a “hint”.

  • dweendaddy says:

    When I lived in New Haven, CT, I was first annoyed and puzzled by their pattern of lights: green for one direction of cars, then green for the other, then red for all and green for all pedistrians. It means you wait longer, but that pedistrian crosses are really safe: all directions of cars are stopped. I liked it by the end of my two years there.
    The bonus for bicyclists was that if you were in a rush, you could always hop off and walk across as a pedestrian.

  • HTC says:

    i agree with dweendaddy. in downtown san francisco, some intersections have lights that turn red for cars going in all directions, so pedestrians can walk diagonally from one street corner to the other without having to wait twice to cross the street.

  • Gonewest says:

    Agree — some intersections in “Old Town” Pasadena have the pedestrian-only crossing including diagonals, and that seems like a much better solution to me.

  • Evan says:

    Same in Beverly Hills, and two intersections in Westwood, including an entrance to the UCLA campus. They are called diagonal crossings, pedestrian scrambles, or scramble crosswalks:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedestrian_scramble

    The actions of a lot of the riders in this video made me think of this video–
    http://vimeo.com/24136878–except that guy (who was lucky to even be able to stand after that) wasn’t putting pedestrians’ safety in danger, just his own.

  • Mike says:

    A different take on the video of that intersection, from David Hembrow:

    http://hembrow.blogspot.com/2011/06/three-way-street-chaos-in-new-york.html

    Regarding the “pedestrian scramble” — in the Netherlands, there are many intersections where cyclists all get green lights simultaneously:

    http://hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/08/simultaneous-green.html

 
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