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Streetfilms: Introducing the Pedestrian Peek-A-Boo

2:40 PM PST on January 12, 2009

This excellent Streetfilm from Robin Urban Smith and Clarence Eckerson is another in a series of vids on cheap and effective streetscape alterations that improve safety for all users. Writes Robin: 

Daylightingis a simple pedestrian safetymeasure achieved by removing parking spaces adjacent to curbsaround an intersection, increasing visibility for pedestrians anddrivers andminimizing conflicts. It's beneficial to young and old, but isespecially helpful to children, who often cannot see, or be seen by,oncoming traffic. By removing parking adjacent to the crosswalk, thechild does not have to wade into the street to see vehicles enteringthe intersection.At the same time, drivers don't have to roll into the crosswalkto see if pedestrians are waiting to cross.

Finally,
the Streetfilms crew thinks the term "daylighting" is "a little stale,"
and asks viewers to come up with their own terms. Clarence suggests
"Pedestrian Peek-a-Boo." If you can top that one, have at it.

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