This is from yesterday afternoon. Hey Superior Tours of Baltimore, MD, thanks for blocking the K Street crosswalk to Washington Harbour so thoroughly that I had to walk about halfway to Key Bridge just to get around the back, where I was promptly blown with hot bus exhaust.
Friend of We Love DC William Yurasko posted this photo to the Flickr Group, and posted a detailed explanation of the new HAWK signals, like this one on Van Dorn St in Alexandria. HAWK stands for High-intensity Activated cross-Walk signal. It’s designed to be used as an ad-hoc crossing light without a significant traffic light. Press the walk button, and the nominally-dark light will light up for traffic to slow down and then stop, giving the pedestrian a safe crossing opportunity. I think we could use more of these!
Very cool stuff. Alexandria will be deploying a dozen of these in situations where they’re approved by FHWA. Very nifty!
The DC Pedestrian Master Plan is a long-term project to study and actively improve Washington’s state of walkability and pedestrian safety. The final draft of the plan report is up for review, and Ward 6 Councilor Tommy Wells is holding an open meeting with DC DDOT to invite public comment on Tuesday, July 8th, 6:30PM at St. Peter’s Church.