Pedestrian Crosswalk @ Lincoln Memorial

What do you think of the new crosswalks around the Lincoln Memorial? Specifically this one that crosses 23rd Street NW and its twin on Henry Bacon Drive NW.

While I have to say they offer great pedestrian access to Daniel Chester French’s wonderful sculpture of the 16th President, they don’t look friendly to Virginia-bound traffic.

Every time I’ve biked or ran around the monument, there is a long backup of traffic to Constitution Avenue, especially on Henry Bacon Drive NW.

Drivers, what’s your feeling? Is your wait worth a safe and easy tourist experience.

6 Comments so far

  1. darpino (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 1:38 pm

    That’s my primary District entrance and exit point and I haven’t had a problem there yet.

    Also, as someone who worked at Lincoln for 5 years – those crosswalk upgrades were sorely needed.

  2. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 1:44 pm

    I am a driver that takes that turn to access the vball courts at rush hour. I don’t mind that there is a crosswalk and a light to tell me not to drive thru like a maniac which I did when there was no light there and the way was cleared for me to go, regardless of pedestrians.

    I like to know when I have a right to go (and plow into tourists who choose to cross against the signal at their own risk esp when I am late for the game) or not to go. I think it is a respectful relationship when you have these boundaries.

  3. Wayan (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 2:45 pm

    Huh, it’s surprising that you two don’t notice a traffic flow difference considering all the backed up cars I see there. Also, the time or two I’ve driven through that intersection since its makeover, its been a seemingly longer slog with mis-timed lights that only let a handful of cars pass for each light cycle.

  4. rex (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 4:42 pm

    Where are the vball courts there?

  5. Huck (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 2:25 pm

    I hate the new crosswalks. 2 times a day, I have to drive through them. Folks ( including DC folks who get dropped off in the middle of the block!!!) cross in the middle of the road rather than wait for the light. I feel like I am playing frogger most nights! OH – and tourists cant read. They can figure out it says – TO CROSS PUSH BUTTON!

    I appreciate the buttons and the walks when they work! I wish we could think of a tunnel or a ped/bike bridge!

  6. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

    Rex, vball courts are in stretch of field bordered by road parallel to Potomac River, road that takes you to FDR and Jefferson Memorials which goes underneath the Memorial Bridge and Lions at Gate to Memorial Bridge.

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