I spent the weekend in Washington, DC. I have many photos and things to share, but this photo was the most exciting thing about DC for me (yes, I’ve stated it before, I’m a big geek). That’s a 63 second countdown on a walk light. Now in Providence, we are lucky to even have a walk light, and when we have a walk light, we are lucky if it works, and if it has a countdown, we are lucky to get 20 seconds. 63 seconds! We found ourselves trying to come up with things to do during those 63 seconds, like stop in the crosswalk and have a tea party or something.
Not every light in DC gives you 63 seconds (although a couple gave you more, I failed to snap a pic of the 73 second light), but unlike Providence, all give you ample time to cross (at least in Capitol Hill, Mall, Dupont Circle, and Downtown areas I was in over the weekend), and all of the walk lights I saw had a countdown. Giving people ample time to cross and an indication of how much time they had seems to cut way down on jaywalking in the District. With the pedestrians playing by the rules, drivers did too. Drivers always yielded for us whenever we had the light.
It was so civilized.