The other day, I spent twenty minutes observing the crosswalk that connects the Giant and Kohl’s on Aspen Hill Road. About a month ago, while driving this route towards Georgia Avenue, I almost ran over a pedestrian who was using this crosswalk. I was on the right lane, and the pedestrian was coming from the left. The car to my left had stopped but I didn’t realize the reason why. I finally saw the pedestrian when she was almost directly in front of my car. Was I just not paying attention, or was there a design problem with this crosswalk (or both)?
In the twenty minutes I observed this crosswalk, a total of of sixteen pedestrians crossed the road. I saw one car (traveling on the right lane towards Georgia Avenue) come to a fast halt to avoid hitting a pedestrian, just as I had done a month ago. The issue seems to be a lack of visibility for the driver on the right lane, when the pedestrian is coming from the left and there is also a car on the left lane that hides the pedestrian. Some solutions to address this include signage telling the driver to come to a stop several feet before the sidewalk, and reducing the speed limit from 30 to 25 miles per hour.
One thing that surprised me was watching fully half of the pedestrians crossing the road illegally, sometimes only a few feet away from the crosswalk.