Answer Man: Two new electronic crosswalks on Glenstone Avenue seem dangerous to me. One is north of Kearney Street and the other is south of Bennett. I see similar crosswalk signals all over the campus of the University of Arkansas — with one major difference. The ones in Arkansas flash red lights; the new ones on Glenstone flash yellow. Are we supposed to stop and yield or are we supposed to slowly and cautiously run them over? — Thomas Jenkins, via Facebook message

Before I even commenced with my research, I felt confident in telling Thomas that he is not supposed to run anyone over.

But after trying to navigate both crosswalks myself I fully understand his concern.  

I think the new crosswalks are dangerous.

At both locations, there are two northbound lanes and two southbound lanes.

But I would disagree with Thomas’s description that the flashing lights are “yellow.”

They seemed white to me, which makes them harder to see in bright daylight. 

I have been driving 48 years and I can’t tell you offhand what I’m supposed to do when approaching a flashing white light.

Stop for ice cream?

We’ll get back to the color of the flashing lights in a bit.

Second, in my view, the lights are small.  

Third, the crosswalks are in the middle of the block. You do not expect people to be crossing here.

For this column, I became a pedestrian. I tried to cross Glenstone, north of Kearney, walking east to west.

It took about 10 drivers who plowed through the flashing light at 40 to 50 mph before a northbound pickup in the lane closest to me stopped.

And that’s when things got real dangerous.


Reader wonders why flashing lights aren’ red.
Steve Pokin/News-Leader

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