Pedestrians typically expect to walk about 350 feet alongside a street before crossing it—without jaywalking.
But in the center of Eagle Rock’s commercial district, on the six-lane stretch of Colorado Boulevard between Eagle Rock Boulevard and Townsend, law-abiding pedestrians who wish to cross the local highway often face a mini-hike, writes Eagle Rock resident and walking/biking advocate Severin Martinez in his latest Walk Eagle Rock blog.
On the north side of Colorado, along the four-block stretch between Maywood Avenue (the cross street where is located) and Hermosa Avenue (the location of the ), pedestrians must walk no less than 1,200 feet before hoping to cross—at a non-signalized crossing that leaves them at the mercy of drivers who aren’t texting or at least have good brakes.
If you’re the cautious type who will only traverse a street at a signalized crossing, however, you would have to walk another blocks east to Argus Drive. Martinez notes a striking contrast: Motorists have to drive no more than 350 feet to be able to hang a left turn or a U-turn on this “downtown” stretch of Colorado, where five of the 12 intersections (including the boulevard’s busiest intersection at Vincent Avenue, where is located, and where motorists face a double jeopardy of their own) have no breaks at all for crossing.
Click here to read Martinez’s full blog—and then start a conversation by sharing your views in the Comments section below about walking along Colorado Boulevard.
Correction: A pervious version of this article noted that the first signalized crossing for pedestrians on the north side of Colorado Boulevard walking east of City Hall is Mount Royal Drive. The first signalized crossing, as a reader correctly points out at the start of the Comments thread, is Argus Drive—a block short of Mount Royal.