This near accident highlights the need for well-lit pedestrian crossings as well as well-painted markings on the road to guide drivers. There are many other things that it highlights but those other things are those that only remedial driving courses could resolve. Is it just me that notices that the markings and signs on our roads are pretty much invisible during dark rainy evenings (which happens to be a majority of the year in Metro Vancouver)? I am not only saying this as a pedestrian, but as a driver. If you are driving at night in the rain, you cannot see the lines on the road that separate lanes and intersections. It's quite unbelievable that our planning departments for cities in Metro Vancouver have never noticed that this is an extremely dangerous situation. If there is a planner that says that they have indeed noticed this situation, why haven't you done anything? Is there nobody in Metro Vancouver, who gets paid quite well to create safe roads, that has noticed this glaring (or lack of glare in this case) problem on our roads? There must be a better paint somewhere that doesn't disappear on a rainy night. The last time I drove (as is the case every time I drive) I noticed that visibility is pretty important when it comes to traffic and pedestrian safety. I would say that it is the most important factor in pedestrian and road safety, Visibility. Visibility. Visibility. If any planners are reading this (I doubt it) they can earn their good pay with this free advice. No exorbitant consulting fee required.
- brighter paint that doesn't disappear in the rain.
- lighting that makes signs, crosswalks, and lines on the road visible to everyone during our typical winter evenings and not lighting that only allows us to see...lights on top of tall poles.
To city planners everywhere, you're welcome.