To start with, what about these pedestrian crossing buttons during the coronavirus crisis? How many unwashed hands have touched them, and how often do they get disinfected? The answers, presumably, are lots and never. So how safe are they?
This particular one is on Pacific at the corner of Geary Street going south. It confused me. “Push button,” it says. But there’s no button, at least none as shown on the illustration. Turns out that the button has been replaced by a touch plate below the arrow.
This one does not, however, help you cross Pacific. There’s no pedestrian crossing there, so ODOT didn’t install a button or plate in that direction.
Which means that if you’re on a bike, hoping to get across Pacific, the signal doesn’t change because the pavement sensor is useless until a vehicle comes up. And on a Sunday afternoon during our Days of Corona, when traffic is light to none, the wait can be long.
But eventually, even a long wait ends. A car comes up, the light turns green, and you can join me on a short jaunt down Geary Street before we turn right and get on the Periwinkle Creek Bike Path for a few minutes’ ride down this Albany path. (hh)