New crossing signs along Euclid Avenue at First, Second, and Fifth Streets warning motorists to expect both bicyclists and pedestrians have popped up in recent weeks.
They were added because the closure of University Boulevard has prompted cyclists to find alternate routes to get through the area.
Flashing lights to call attention to the signs have been ordered, but are not in place yet.
The signs could be seen as legitimizing bicyclists’ use of crosswalks, which isn’t illegal. There was an article in the Arizona Daily Star about bicyclists use of crosswalks that was worth checking out.
I’ve used the crossing at Second Street a lot recently both as a pedestrian and a bicyclist and it is less then ideal.
When you are on a bike, it isn’t clear what motorists are supposed to do. When I am riding, I do not use the crosswalk, instead I wait for a clearing and ride across. I’ve had situations, where people stop for me however. The problem is that not everyone stops at the same time.
You can start riding across and someone in the second lane doesn’t stop.
The same problem happens with pedestrians. A motorist might not be paying attention and will come to a screeching halt when they realize all three other lanes have stopped for a pedestrian walking across the street.
What do you think of the signs and the crossing?