By Larry Wilson, July 3, 2013
Turns out not every motorist is enthralled by the idea of putting our city streets on a diet. I wrote about such proposals, including the notion of moveable parklets, in Pasadena's Playhouse District, last week. Reader Eleanor Valentine, who has lived in Pasadena since 1930, drops a note:
"Please drive on Washington Blvd. between Allen Ave. and Hill Ave. right here in Pasadena. That area has the cute little bulb-outs, with the concrete posts standing around the edge like little soldiers (or worse) so drivers can see the bulb-outs. They still get hit and need frequent replacing. The purpose of these B-O's is said to be so pedestrians don't have so far to walk when crossing the street. WHY? The major flaw with the B-O's is that they take away the right-hand turn lane, so turns must be made from the No. 2 traffic lane. This also makes the busses stop in the No. 2 traffic lane to pick up and discharge riders, while traffic waits behind them."
Hadn't been over to East Washington in a while, so Tuesday morning I drove straight through, from Altadena Drive all the way west to the Arroyo Seco. First thing I noticed was how nicely done the city blocks east of Lake are looking -- the unincorporated area toward Eaton Canyon is in relative disrepair. It's not the most pedestrian-heavy street, but I for one like the job planners have done with the crosswalks. Problem seems to me that drivers just aren't seeing the new corner "bulbs," and are hitting them, and sometimes the quite obvious "little soldiers." Motorists should open their eyes. There are black tire marks on every bulb.