We rated conversions by several criteria. Firstly, how long will a pedestrian have to wait to be let through; secondly, how justified is the choice of a transition place. And, of course, assessed the level of danger for the pedestrian.
1. South Street, Reutov, Moscow Region
The traffic is not intense, so it is possible to cross the road quickly. Traffic signs in a conspicuous place, not covered by advertising banners, - drivers can slow down in advance. The passage is located in the residential area, on each side - houses and shops. It would seem that everything is as it should, but … If on the one hand a pedestrian path leads to the crossing, then on the other it rests against the curb and lawn. People have to go on the roadway in order to get to the crossing after a few tens of meters. Not everyone does this - most simply cross the street diagonally.
The transition is necessary, but it was not made at all where people go
2. Leninsky Prospekt, Moscow
Standby time - from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Some drivers skip pedestrians, even at the risk of getting a rear kick. Traffic signs are not covered by billboards, but still difficult to notice them. On the one hand there is a clinic, on the other - shops and residential buildings. Both there and here - public transport stops. The pluses included wide islands of security. There are a lot of pedestrians.
The transition here, of course, is needed, but adjustable, and even better - underground
3. Minsk highway, between Odintsovo and Forest Town, Moscow region
The number of stripes - three in each direction; cars go in dense flow at high speed and do not stop! A pause between the machines had to wait 5 minutes 15 seconds. And - run, run to the other side! Just for whom is this transition? On the one hand there is a forest, on the other - a road leading to the construction site (it is not one, there are others). Did you make a transition here so that builders would go mushrooming into the forest? Or was it urgent to use the funds, put into use unused signs and paint?
The allowed speed here is 90 km / h, but cars go faster. Traffic signs warning drivers about a pedestrian crossing are lost on the background of huge billboards. With a 30-meter wide roadway, the crossing does not have an island in the middle of the road.
EVALUATION: very dangerous
And who needs this transition?
4. Ostashkovskoe highway, Moscow
The first car stopped to let a pedestrian pass, after 5 minutes. Only traffic lights operating at neighboring intersections save. On one side is a park, on the contrary is an industrial complex. For half an hour of the experiment, except for me, there were no people who wanted to cross the road … The highway passes through the city, where speed limits apply, and a video recording camera is prominently displayed. But the signs “Pedestrian Crossing” are closed by advertising, and there is no security island on the wide roadway. Lighting was also not taken care of.
EVALUATION: very dangerous, especially in the dark
5. Sretenka Street, Moscow
Despite the high traffic density (city center!), Pedestrians are allowed to pass rather quickly. Traffic signs are not covered by advertising, installed in a conspicuous place. Drivers can slow down in a timely manner. But do you need so many transitions here - literally every 100-200 meters? Every extra zebra slows down an already dense movement. And this one is also quite dangerous. Drivers leaving Seliverstov Lane are forced to look to the left to let in cars driving along Sretenka. As soon as a hole forms in the stream, the car, turning to the right, immediately leaves for the transition!
OVERALL ASSESSMENT: poor, not thought out
Why not organize a couple of adjustable transitions instead of unregulated transitions?
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PEDESTRIANS: ADVICE BY DRIVERS
Approached the transition - act in such a way that the drivers do not have doubts. Are you going to cross the street - take a step forward. It is best to make eye contact with the driver, try to meet his gaze. He will understand: it is necessary to slow down. In settlements, this is not difficult, since the speeds are small. Cross the roadway as quickly as possible. It is advisable to cross the road in groups. When pedestrians walk one at a time, a large number of cars gather before the crossing, a traffic jam occurs. And most importantly: the car cannot instantly freeze on the spot, especially if the road is wet or covered with snow. Give the driver a chance to brake, never cross the road in front of the nose of a traveling car!
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DRIVERS: PEDESTRIANS ADVICE
When approaching a passage, always slow down. Even if nobody is there. If you see a man waiting at the edge of the road, stop, nod to him: come in, don’t be afraid … And most importantly: you don’t spend your whole life driving, sometimes even walking. Remember your feelings. And let's respect each other!