Danger Zones: Motorists, pedestrians beware

Steep hills, narrow streets, and prolific foliage help give Hood River its beauty and character.

However, such features bring problems, too.

This is the first of a series of photos of potentially dangerous locations where motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians converge. Safety solutions will vary, but the main purpose of “Danger Zones” is awareness.

Do you have a Danger Zone you want profiled? Email us at hrnews@hoodrivernews.com, with a brief explanation.

This week: Sherman Street, at Second Street stairs

Main danger: Crosswalk is hard to see, but pedestrians use it a lot, going up and down Second Street stairs for commuting, recreation, and workouts.

Contributing factors:

n Heavy traffic and popular parking area for courthouse and downtown.

n Yellow “Crosswalk Ahead” sign is obscured by tree branches, and oddly close to the crosswalk itself. (It brings to mind Bill Cosby’s old line about highway “Dip” signs: “You have just hit a Dip”).

n The crosswalk is surrounded by broad trees and is almost always shaded.

n Combined with the narrowness of the street and the parked cars, the crosswalk is nearly invisible.

First fix: Trim the foliage, and move the signs so that motorists have an actual warning that there is a crosswalk ahead.

(Danger Zones will return to Sherman Street, several times.)

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