I lived in my current town from age 7 ’til age 29. I saw it grow from a farming community coupled with a university to a party university town – complete with gridlock and liberal local gov’t policies.
I’ve written about the ‘free’ circular route shuttle train before. TANSTAFFL!*
When I was growing up here, adjacent to farm land (mostly alfalfa and cotton fields) the Valley was combed with open irrigation canals. These were marked with signs reading DANGER and NO TRESPASSING. The utility company who owned the canals would have you arrested if you were found on their property.
The irrigation canals remain. But, in our little (progressive) college town, apparently a deal was made to allow pedestrians, runners and bicyclists free run on the adjacent canal roads. And, sometimes these folks encounter real street intersections they need to cross.
What to do?
In an ordinary town, looking both ways and taking your life in your hands while crossing might be appropriate. But not here.
OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK!
Installed fully across the offending streets, coupled with vertical lights rivaling the best railroad crossing signals! With instruction signs explaining IF the lights are ON, STOP, IF the are flashing, stop, look for pedestrians, then proceed!
How much did these cost? Why not just a stop sign and a cross walk?
I’m all for rights of the minority, but how many pedestrians, bicyclists, runners, equestrians utilize these canal paths? The canals traverse other cities in our Valley, but you don’t see these expensive signals there? And they still remain (mostly) open, dangerous, and marked as no trespassing!
I’m guessing some mayor or city council member used them, hence the monstrous signals.
Our tax dollars at work.
*TANSTAAFL – There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. Stuff costs money.