April 27, 2010
Diagonal crosswalk at Monon and Westfield?
Having gone to Ball State, I got to appreciate first-hand the convenience of the diagonal crosswalk (the "scramble light") in the heart of campus. An intersection I've thought for awhile that would benefit from a similar treatment is pictured above: the Monon/Westfield/Winthrop intersection in Broad Ripple. Currently, trail users must cross the street twice to legally proceed across the intersection, which is as inconvenient to them as it is for the cars who have to wait for the trail user to cross the street each time. Not to mention the intersection itself is a mess of people and cars trying to figure out right-of-way, usually because a trail user crosses once and starts to cross again, only to look both ways and see a car coming, the car seeing the trail user, slows or stops in a fit of considerate rage to let the trail user go, but now another car is edging forward to turn off Winthrop, and Bob's your uncle. I propose something like this: