Below is a list of all the skills and concepts needed for crossing streets.
In this workshop, we will cover the skills that are underlined and have astericks after them.
As you can see, some of the skills we will cover today are general skills and some are skills that are unique for crossing streets with no traffic control.
General street-crossing skills
Recognize street edge
Determine width of street / distance of passing cars ***
Initial alignment strategies
Understand time needed to cross various widths ***
Maintain straight line of travel during crossing
Recover from veer
Determine sources of danger [for streets with no traffic control] ***
know how to reduce / avoid risk [for streets with no traffic control] ***
Know and use alternative strategies when risk is not acceptable ***
Recognize situations of uncertainty for gap judgment / risk ***
If appropriate, judge gap length with approaching traffic
Understand pedestrian laws
If appropriate, visually scan / glance for traffic efficiently
Understand the effect of masking and blocking traffic sounds
Actuation vs. fixed-time (How actuation works; Common features to recognize actuation)
Analyze traffic pattern
Determine best time to cross
Sources of danger (Reduce / avoid risk)
Pedestrian buttons / WALK signals (how to find and use pedestrian buttons
Separate (channelized) right-turning lanes
*** These are the skills and concepts covered in this workshop
Risks when crossing streets with no traffic control:
Vehicles are coming you aren't aware of
If you're expecting drivers to yield, there is risk that they won't yield
Analyze level of risk (how likely is it to happen?)
Be sure there is a good line of sight between you and the drivers.
Be as visible as possible (bright clothing, make cane or dog harness visible, etc.).
Cross at times when there is less traffic (and therefore less likelihood that an undetected vehicle will come just as you start to cross).
Work with jurisdiction to get crossing well marked, good lighting at crosswalk, and pedestrian laws and white cane laws publicized and enforced
(be sure you know the pedestrian and white cane laws in your state or province!).
Make the public aware that people are crossing there regularly.
Any more ideas for reducing risk, please? Contact me with your ideas.
GOALS FOR LEARNING TO ANALYZE AND CROSS STREETS WITH NO TRAFFIC CONTROL
At streets with no stop sign or traffic signal (no "traffic control"), O&M students need to be able to: