Whoever designed the Riverwalk in Waukesha did a lovely job. It really is a fantastic asset to the City. But don't try to cross any streets! It's like they just ignored the fact that people might want to get from one part of the riverwalk to another. The crossing at Barstow, above, is a great example. Wouldn't it have been nice if they had included a raised pedestrian crosswalk, a pedestrian island in the middle, or--could it have been possible?--if they had bothered to align the crosswalk so it went STRAIGHT across the intersection instead of at a crazy angle.
That's one example of a "pet peeve" of mine I am eager to share at the public input meeting for the City's Bike and Pedestrian Plan on Wednesday.
Here's another pet peeve: Walk buttons.
|Walk buttons: they make you feel better after you push them, but that's about it.|
Here's my thought: during non-rush-hour periods, why not hook up the walk buttons to the traffic signal program, so that if a pedestrian is waiting, it can pre-empt the usual sequence? This doesn't have to be done everywhere, but at some of the high-volume pedestrian crossings it would be nice.
How about you? Do you have a "pet peeve" for walking or biking Waukesha that you would love to see fixed? Or do you have an idea for providing some kind of bicycle or pedestrian connection? Take a look at what the WBA has come up with so far and let us know if we're missing anything! Or, just come to Wednesday night's public input meeting:
Wednesday May 25
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
E.B. Shurts Building
810 W College Avenue
Waukesha, WI 53186