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The surprising result is that, quietly and without many people noticing, ped crossing times will be what drives green times at many signals, not motor vehicle speeds and throughput. And that is exactly the sort of rebalancing of our street network we need to see.
Need moar coffee.
Now, the fact that there is racial traffic light inequality probably does not derive from intentional racism, so in that light you could get a pass.
Unfortunately, this does confer a distinct disadvantage on Rainier Valley residents, so it appears on balance, your comment puts points on the "Max Solomon" is a shitty person side of the ledger.
Sorry about that.
Also, cops in some areas -notable Lake Forest Park - use RCW 46.61.060 as an excuse to harass bicyclists on the Burke-Gilman Trail where the countdown timer gives 15 seconds to cross a 20 foot crosswalk while ignoring pedestrians doing the same thing on the far more dangerous crossing of SR-522.
Any signal put in new or upgraded due to light rail is both digital and interconnected to the network. Any old, stand-alone signal never upgraded, say on a minor arterial not near light rail and in an old part of town could be an old Econolite or Traconex electro-mechanical controller.
A new digital controller & cabinet is upwards of $30K these days so some old but functional relic won't be replaced by the city as long as it continues functioning.
Never forget this gross violation of human rights on our own soil.
- Notorious Senior
How is it a traffic light is worth 30k? The extended-warranty on those things must be stellar.
2.5 mph certainly sounds slow. But that would be a mile in 24 minutes, which, while not super fast, isn't really that slow, either. Would your grandparents be able to walk a mile in that time? Because I'm pretty sure that there are some black people who are senior citizens.
The ped signal also won't change if Link is within a couple of miles of the intersection (even if there's a station right at the intersection where the train has to stop anyway). I've waited up to ten minutes trying to cross MLK because Link was eventually, maybe going to show up. Cars got the green several times while I was waiting.
There are several lights in South Lake Union that pull the same shit when the SLUT comes by. Pedestrians trying to cross are SOL, while cars get the green light. God forbid a streetcar hold up auto traffic or peds hold up the street car.
Very misleading as it looks like you are saying that Seattle preschools suspend black children at a higher rate than others. You have no data on that for Seattle so it might be good to be more careful.
(That said, I didn't know you could even suspend a kid from preschool.)
I'm always surprised at how inexact and contradictory the location information can be in breaking news stories. The tightest and most believable description of the highway blockage is between mileposts 37 and 38, a road segment marked on this Google Map:
Maybe it doesn't occur to white liberals, but maybe black people prefer to live around other black people?
Great talking point, seatackled. I adore complaining and adore fellow complainers. Shout it out!
Down here in the valley though many pedestrians don't bother to worry about walk lights. It can be a little frustrating when you're in a car waiting for the rare short green to cross a major street only to have a slow moving oblivious pedestrian strutting in front of you during his don't walk and you're entire green light. And FYI I'm not making some racist generalization of black folks - usually it's a white person doing this shit.
If we can get to the point where we're being judged not by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character, there will be black folk, as well as the whole rainbow of God's children, who no one wants as neighbors.