An accident waiting to happen?
The intersection at Brown Street and Angell Street on College Hill has long been a three way stop between the unidirectional Angell Street and the bidirectional Brown Street, with the prominent pedestrian intersection there benefiting. Last week, the stop signs on the Angell side were removed and a new traffic light East of the intersection between Thayer and Brown was activated where Brown’s new campus “greenway” walk is located.
The problem is that you have legions of Brown students who are still naively strolling into that intersection without a care in the world, expecting that traffic will stop for them as they always have, now shocking drivers unfamiliar with the old ways. You also have generations of drivers trained to stop at that intersection, and I’ve seen more than one motorist reflexively stopping at the junction and get nearly rear-ended by someone clueless as to why a car would be rapidly coming to a halt somewhere without any signage or pedestrians visible.
While everyone will learn eventually how the new intersection works, I just hope there are no injuries in the interim. Perhaps there should be some temporary “Traffic does not stop” signs there for a while to train pedestrians and motorists.