Citizen complaint of the day: Stupid Massholes on Huntington Avenue
A concerned citizen grows weary of obnoxious drivers blaring horns at pedestrians crossing with the light at Belvedire and Huntington by the Pru:
Pedestrians have a walk sign at the same time vehicles have a green light (turning right from Huntington onto Belvedire). On countless occasions I've had motorists honk, gesture and curse at me for crossing while the walk sign is blinking. While I've certainly grown a thick skin, it's super frustrating and infuriating at the same time. I've often seen groups of pedestrians too scared to cross with the walk sign because a steady stream of cars come zipping around that corner at such a high rate of speed. That just isn't right. Given the location (right outside of a mall) and given the fact that school busses full of children and tour busses full of tourists love to park on Huntington, adjacent to the Christian Science Plaza - it would be prudent of you to add some clear signage at that corner.
The city replies:
Since the turning movements fall within the boston transportation department guidelines for concurrent pedestrian movements this location is designed to have concurrent pedestrian phasing. the boston transportation department recently adjusted the "flashing don't walk" to meet the new standards for timings under the manual on uniformed traffic control devices. pedestrian advocacy groups such as "walk boston" prefer the concurrent phasing.