The pedestrian safety crossing on Commercial Street SE at Royvonne Avenue SE will be completed by August 2019. The $100,000 project includes installation of a rectangular rapid flashing beacon, curb, sidewalk, striping, and other site work.
|The area for the new median is marked and prepped.|
Bus Stop at Royvonne and Commercial Street SE (May 21st)
|Immediately adjacent is the memorial to Shatamera Pruden|
The posted speed and most design elements, even with the median, will remain at 40 mph.
|The posted speed is 40mph at the crash site on Commercial (2017)|
In this spirit we celebrate whimsical stories about duckling safety.
City streets are rife with hazards, but ducks have little reverence for human traffic laws. “The city’s no place for a duckling,” Miller said.But our framework of human traffic laws struggle also with human children and other vulnerable users of the road. The story about ducks depends on a notion that our traffic laws and traffic system are in fact sufficient, even operate justly, for non-duckling humans.
The problem, however, is not merely a cognitive deficit in ducks. We have a traffic system that is not designed for any slow moving creatures who do not have a sheet metal carapace.
We should be more willing to generalize the problems the ducks have to problems that humans on foot also have. The problem for ducks is more symptomatic than exceptional, but we have to tell duck stories as if they are unusual, and not a sign and symptom of our autoism.
* For a pop culture angle on what is essentially the same problem, Zenyep Tufecki, a scholar who writes on technology and politics, offers her take on "The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last Season of Game of Thrones: It's not just bad storytelling—it’s because the storytelling style changed from sociological to psychological." It is easy to shift this description from Game of Thrones to traffic safety, our current fixation on distracted driving and bad actors, and autoism more generally:
In sociological storytelling, the characters have personal stories and agency, of course, but those are also greatly shaped by institutions and events around them. The incentives for characters’ behavior come noticeably from these external forces, too, and even strongly influence their inner life.Update, July 13th
People then fit their internal narrative to align with their incentives, justifying and rationalizing their behavior along the way. (Thus the famous Upton Sinclair quip: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”)
The overly personal mode of storytelling or analysis leaves us bereft of deeper comprehension of events and history.
|Getting close, July 12th|
|Getting closer, with the flashers shrouded,|
but still signed for 40mph, a speed nearly certain to be lethal