Why are more people getting injured and killed along Richmond Highway?
Richmond Highway is old. It's current layout has existed for
decades. There have been few Pedestrian improvements over the years. In many sections it lacks the basics of bicycle and
pedestrian safety: sidewalks, shoulders, crosswalks and traffic
Sidewalks and Shoulders
||At various location
along Route 1, Pedestrians have no sidewalks: potentially
muddy dirt paths have been trodden in their place. Uncontrolled
pushes many close to the roadway. Commuters walking to
bus-stops get to feel the whoosh from the mirrors of passing trucks.
At some locations Pedestrian use the unpaved
shoulder as a path.
< Route 1 (East Side) North of Quander
| Unfortunately, many creek crossings have guard rails at the road
edge, forcing walkers into the traffic lane.
Route 1 (Ease side) South of Quander
North of Janna Lee Av
||Heading south toward Janna Lee Ave (Taco Lucos
Restaurant) citizens, their back to traffic, must step
dangerously into the roadway.
Not only pedestrians are at risk. A sleepy driver is
often jarred as their car drifts to the
shoulder. Recently 2 young Marines were killed
when their car flipped and crashed into the abutment
near the upper right of the photo.
Crosswalks and Traffic Islands
There are painted crosswalks a some locations but only a few have raised
concrete traffic islands in the median. Crosswalks make sense for a 2 lane
road and highway designer's appreciate the low
cost of paint. Unfortunately, Route #1 pedestrians must cross 4 to 6 lanes of
fast and increasingly heavy
traffic. Many stand waiting on the double yellow line
for a wide enough gap.
Where there is no median, crosswalks provide only
the illusion of safety. The problem is compounded by the many side
streets and business entrances. Drivers entering the Highway, many using cell phones, are
too concerned with finding a break in the traffic to notice someone in the crosswalk. Luck, not
paint, is the pedestrian's protection.