Perils for Pedestrians

TV talk about people who walk

Perils for Pedestrians Episode 173

Topics in Episode 173:

  • We look at an intersection with a good design for blind pedestrians in Binghamton, New York.

  • We look at an intersection that almost got it right in Davis, California.

  • We see how bioswales are used to absorb stormwater along streets in Portland, Oregon.

  • We talk with the police chief and business owners about problems crossing the street in Port Orford, Oregon.

Crosswalk in Binghamton

Details make all the difference for pedestrians when designing intersections. At this corner in Binghamton, NY, each crosswalk has a separate curb ramp. Audible pedestrian buttons are immediately adjacent to the crosswalk, on the outside of the crosswalk so they cannot be confused with the button for the other crosswalk. Crosswalks are marked with bold white lines. In this case, a band of bricks borders the sidewalk, and the main travel surface is ordinary concrete.