In June I did a post about being unable to active a pedestrian signal at Kingshighway & Devonshire (see Pedestrian Signal Activation Button Beyond Reach). That button got relocated after I pointed out the absurd location. Last week I used the next crossing to the north, at Kingshighway & Sutherland. Yes, you guessed it, another pedestrian button not reachable from the sidewalk.
I eventually wheeled into the grass to press the button because it didn’t seem like it would change without doing so. Even after pressing the button it took many minutes to give the ok to cross the street.
A week earlier I spotted another problem button from the #11 (Chippewa) MetroBus.
The Chippewa button I emailed in to the Streets Dept while I was still on the bus. I’m notifying the city of the problem at Sutherland via this post. To be fair, many intersections are great for pedestrians.But we tend not to remember that which works like it should, we remember those that give us fits.
Eventually I hope to gather volunteers and do a pedestrian audit of an area — signals, crosswalks, ramps, etc. In the meantime I’ll catch them one at a time as I go about my daily life in various parts of St. Louis.
– Steve Patterson