Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Dangerous Traffic Patterns

Walk at your own risk!

I have become aware of very dangerous traffic patterns--dangerous for pedestrians in parking lots.

I noticed the dangerous intermingling of traffic and pedestrians at the local Chik-fil-A where I dined (or ate) last evening.

The drive through line circles through the parking area twice meaning that people walking from their cars need to be extra vigilant to ensure they, or their kids, don't become a hood ornament. I visited the establishment at the height of the evening diner hour and was appalled at hour many drivers apparently did not recognize the dangers in the area--they sped through the lots as quickly as possible.

Let the pedestrian beware!

I believe that the designers of parking and traffic patterns need to become more aware of the dangerous conditions faced by pedestrians--more dangerous because of the dense traffic patterns and lots of moving vehicles and people.

More importantly, we drivers and walkers need to be aware of the dangers in many parking areas and not become distracted while walking or driving. 

It is dangerous out there.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD
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