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KC needs "yield to pedestrians: state law" signs at every intersection...

Postby dnweava » Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:16 pm

As someone who walks everywhere, drivers in this city need signage telling them to stop/yield to pedestrians in crosswalks because literally no driver in this city obeys this law.

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Re: KC needs "yield to pedestrians: state law" signs at every intersection...

Postby longviewmo » Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:07 pm

This feels like Reddit.

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Re: KC needs "yield to pedestrians: state law" signs at every intersection...

Postby earthling » Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:48 pm

First there needs to be better marked pedestrian crosswalks, with large stripes. Second, the signs need to read '$300 fine' as well. Even if not enforced, it should help with the problem.

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Re: KC needs "yield to pedestrians: state law" signs at every intersection...

Postby smh » Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:41 pm

I recently had a conversation about those signs--was informed that they are more effective at getting vehicles to stop than either the typical curb-mounted crossing signs or similar signs with flashing lights/leds. And, obviously, much cheaper.

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Re: KC needs "yield to pedestrians: state law" signs at every intersection...

Postby DaveKCMO » Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:12 pm

dnweava wrote:As someone who walks everywhere, drivers in this city need signage telling them to stop/yield to pedestrians in crosswalks because literally no driver in this city obeys this law.

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in KCMO you have to buy these for your neighborhood.

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Re: KC needs "yield to pedestrians: state law" signs at every intersection...

Postby AllThingsKC » Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:44 pm

So, each downtown neighborhood would have to actually purchase X amount of these to have it be uniform in the downtown area? That sucks.
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Re: KC needs "yield to pedestrians: state law" signs at every intersection...

Postby DaveKCMO » Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:55 pm

AllThingsKC wrote:So, each downtown neighborhood would have to actually purchase X amount of these to have it be uniform in the downtown area? That sucks.


correct.

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Re: KC needs "yield to pedestrians: state law" signs at every intersection...

Postby earthling » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:01 pm

Just need to slap on "$300 fine" and they might actually work.

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Re: KC needs "yield to pedestrians: state law" signs at every intersection...

Postby flyingember » Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:52 am

earthling wrote:Just need to slap on "$300 fine" and they might actually work.

There's truth to this.

Nearly every parking violation you see comes with a low starting fine. Too many fines don't adjust with inflation so the real cost of parking and not caring goes down each year. Couple that with decreasing enforcement and it's no wonder there's parking issues downtown.

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Re: KC needs "yield to pedestrians: state law" signs at every intersection...

Postby dnweava » Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:59 am

DaveKCMO wrote:
dnweava wrote:As someone who walks everywhere, drivers in this city need signage telling them to stop/yield to pedestrians in crosswalks because literally no driver in this city obeys this law.

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in KCMO you have to buy these for your neighborhood.


well that is straight up retarded....

We should start fundraising then. I'll throw in $20 towards one of these signs.

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Re: KC needs "yield to pedestrians: state law" signs at every intersection...

Postby earthling » Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:05 pm

In KC, the law is 'just a suggestion'. Threats of high fines even if not enforced would probably be more effective. Intersections that have common problems with gridlocks also need signs that say "$300 fine". Is basically pointless to post 'state (or local) law'.

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Re: KC needs "yield to pedestrians: state law" signs at every intersection...

Postby swid » Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:39 pm

*pushes up glasses, takes out retainer*

Interestingly, that sign isn't even in Missouri's road signage guide that MoDOT adopted in lieu of using the federal MUTCD.

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Re: KC needs "yield to pedestrians: state law" signs at every intersection...

Postby moderne » Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:47 pm

Almost got rear ended today yielding to peds in crosswalk on Gillham near Pershing. The car instead swerved into the lane on my right and on past the startled peds.

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Re: KC needs "yield to pedestrians: state law" signs at every intersection...

Postby DaveKCMO » Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:47 pm

I believe Gillham is being targeted for a road diet.

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Re: KC needs "yield to pedestrians: state law" signs at every intersection...

Postby rxlexi » Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:18 pm

Nearly every parking violation you see comes with a low starting fine. Too many fines don't adjust with inflation so the real cost of parking and not caring goes down each year. Couple that with decreasing enforcement and it's no wonder there's parking issues downtown.


I'm not sure this is true. In KCMO, at least, a basic parking ticket is like $75 - highest I've ever seen. Enforcement, however, is non-existent throughout much of the city, especially outside downtown loop.

RE: ped xing signs, I agree they're more effective than the roadside signs and wish they were used more frequently. However what we really need are more pedestrians, and more confident pedestrians that understand that they own the ROW within a crosswalk. Not sure how to change this, culturally. In the midwest, even in pedestrian heavy areas those folks likely got there by car, and are used to taking a deferrential role to all auto traffic.

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Re: KC needs "yield to pedestrians: state law" signs at every intersection...

Postby KCPowercat » Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:20 pm

I"m about to strap on my gopro as often as I encounter hostile or inattentive drivers and I walk pretty pedestrian heavy streets.

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Re: KC needs "yield to pedestrians: state law" signs at every intersection...

Postby Eon Blue » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:15 pm

I enjoy yielding to pedestrians on my bike. It allows me to reassure them that they have the right of way when they thank me and also gives me the opportunity to shame cars into stopping. Once or twice now I've been riding on a street with two lanes in one direction where I'll stop in my lane and then gesture the other lane into stopping.

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Re: KC needs "yield to pedestrians: state law" signs at every intersection...

Postby WoodDraw » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:22 pm

rxlexi wrote:
RE: ped xing signs, I agree they're more effective than the roadside signs and wish they were used more frequently. However what we really need are more pedestrians, and more confident pedestrians that understand that they own the ROW within a crosswalk. Not sure how to change this, culturally. In the midwest, even in pedestrian heavy areas those folks likely got there by car, and are used to taking a deferrential role to all auto traffic.


Really agree with this. I'm not encouraging people to walk out in front of cars, but being aggressive works.

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Re: KC needs "yield to pedestrians: state law" signs at every intersection...

Postby Highlander » Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:27 pm

I've seen cities make concerted efforts to change driving culture and they often work. Right now, the Seattle area is trying to change the culture around tail-gating by publicizing the obvious dangers and, importantly, targeting the offenders and handing out big fines. Getting drivers to respect pedestrians is something that should be a priority in every city in the US. Fines in most of Europe for not stopping at crosswalks with pedestrians ready to cross can be draconian, I'd have no problem with that approach in KC or the US. First things first though, in half the cross walks in the plaza area, the paint is so dull that they are tough to even see.

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Re: KC needs "yield to pedestrians: state law" signs at every intersection...

Postby earthling » Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:48 pm

Highlander wrote:First things first though, in half the cross walks in the plaza area, the paint is so dull that they are tough to even see.


The crosswalk paint job is much worse in many key pedestrian crossings in Midtown/Westport area, especially where there is not a stoplight. About 41st/Main by Starbucks is an active crosswalk and drivers can't see the lines. It needs to be solid block markings per second post above, not two thin stripes, which easily fade.


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