It is a difficult intersection to cross, since cars turning right from east-bound Massachusetts Ave. don't pay attention to pedestrians and bikers. Actually, I'm surprised I haven't been killed yet.
Earlier this month, the city installed a special light for the right-turning cars, providing a chance for pedestrians to actually use the crosswalk without having to play live-action Frogger.
It's a great idea, except that the new light just showed up one day without any fanfare — no special cones or flags to note that suddenly the intersection has new rules.2
Most cars don't realize there is a red arrow and continue to make the turn without looking to see whether they have a red light or not.
Yet the existence of the light makes pedestrians feel more confident crossing the street without looking behind them to see if they're about to be roadkill.
The result is an even more dangerous intersection. And a louder one too, because if a car actually does stop at the red arrow, every car behind it starts honking incessantly.
Britt, we need you!
1You might recall that I've written about this intersection a couple times: once to mention the "3-D lane lines" and once a few months later regarding the "lane line thickeners."
2They did install a new sign saying "right turn on green only," but
no one seems to have noticed it.