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.
Traffic started to back up behind the truck. I ventured out into traffic, waved my appreciation to the truck driver and then realized I could not see approaching traffic in…