|Assigned to:||Unassigned |
|Created:||Nuboatwork at July 16, 2009 - 8:55am |
|Status:|| (Class I (bike/ped path) / Priority major) |
|Case ID:||: -3692 |
There is a trail segment running eastbound from the Iron Horse trail shortly before its terminus at Marsh Road. This segment crosses Solano Way about 100 yards south of Marsh Road. At the intersection of the trail and Solano Way, there is a traffic signal which can be activated by the cyclist. Unfortunately, the design of this signal is more dangerous than having no signal at all! The signal is directly overhead, and cannot be seen from the cyclist's position on the trail, and there are no other indicators, such as a pedestrian signal, etc. Therefore, the cyclist has no way to know if the signal is activated or not. It is dangerous to assume such based on a car stopping, because I have frequently had cars stop here even when I do not activate the signal. Motorists sometimes top just because they see someone "preparing" to use the crosswalk. A cyclist in such a case might proceed upon the assumption that the car is stopped due to automatic activation of the signal, only to be struck by a car travelling in the opposite direction, who does not see a stop. The design of this signal is very dangerous because it does not convey information to the cyclist, and could easily lead to the cyclist being misinformed. Stopping and waiting for a break in traffic is a far safer option for the cyclist at this point. This signal should either be removed, or re-designed so that additional signals are present to give information to the trail users. No one would ever think to design a signal at a road intersection so that it was only visible to one of the two streets!