The City of Auburn has finally flipped the switch on its new crosswalk signs.
The two overhanging digital displays are the latest phase of Magnolia Ave. safety renovations started late last summer in response to increase in the number of traffic accidents involving pedestrians. One sign is located in front of the Lowder Business Building, the other at the crosswalk in front of Sky Bar.
The message? “Watch For Pedestrians.”
Photo by Alex Miller.
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It better say “Watch for Pedestrians and Beat Bama!” tonight.
Makes me mad people don’t stop for walkers! More so kidsbecause they can run out infront you thinking your going to stop!
At first glance this may seem kind of silly on such a small road. But I remember my freshman year when I came from a town that didn’t really have these things you call “crosswalks” and I couldn’t figure out why people kept walking out in front of my truck as I drove down Magnolia.
Then those trees grow bigger, and spring rolls around, and you can’t see that sign because it’s covered up… Unless they constantly trim the trees back.
Miller Time says
The university has really been pushing students to use them, if not they “say” they will put up a fense to hinder the J-walkers
Can we roll those?
Good thinking, Christy. I like it. “Watch For Poisoners.”
BartC c/o 95 says
Pedestrians getting hit by cars? Back in the day you didn’t have to look when you crossed. Cars just automaticallly stopped when they came to crosswalk. The times they are a changin’.
Shouldn’t motorists be watching for pedestrians instead of reading a sign that says “watch for pedestrians?”
Was at AU on and off from ’95-’02 and saw two pedestrians hit. Neither was severe, but scary none the less for the folks involved. Both were people not using crosswalks. They’d pop out from between two parked cars right into traffic and not even look. The drivers never stood a chance. @AUAlum is right. I came from a small town with no crosswalks and while I’m sure it was in the drivers handbook I “studied” while getting my license at 16 it didn’t really apply around my town so I think it was after about a year at AU that someone told me the pedestrian had the right of way and I corrected my driving accordingly. Sign should read “Stop for Pedestrians; It’s the LAW” not watch for them.
Miller Time says
This is not result of any incidents. Just for extra safety. More cars and more students crossing than a few years ago. Auburn has been making key cross walks safer all around campus
The university put these up because there have been more accidents than you think along this stretch of road/and around campus. For example: http://www2.oanow.com/news/2010/feb/04/pedestrian_hit_on_magnolia_avenue_near_campus-ar-496946/
This is DEFINITELY the result of several accidents.
Kids don’t look crossing anymore – they have their headphones on and don’t pay attention. What happened to “Stop, Look, and Listen” in kindergarten?
I wonder how many pedestrians will be hit because drivers are distracted by the sign.
The University and the city only have themselves to blame for the uptick in accidents. First the University got rid of nearly every east-west bound road on campus forcing Magnolia and Glenn to take up all the excess traffic. Then the city moved some of the crosswalks to locations where they became much harder to see. Some of the large crosswalk signs are on the wrong side of the crosswalk and hide the pedestrians from a driver’s view. The old free standing warning signs in the middle of the road distracted drivers as they were more likely to watch the signs than people… Now we have trees planted in the middle of the road which will make pedestrians even less visible and giant signs placed right over crosswalks that will draw a driver’s attention upward toward the sign and away from pedestrians crossing underneath.
The whole thing reeks of security theater.
Howard wadsworth says
How about signs on the cross walks addressing the pedestrians saying,”Even though you have the right of way some drivers might not see you. They will be wrong and you will be dead right.”