Every day, my husband and I walk down East Avenue to the East Norwalk train station and back. And every day I am honestly scared something may happen.
Most car drivers completely ignore that pedestrians may be crossing the street, particularly by the on- and off ramps to I-95. Even if the pedestrian light is on green, cars drive all the way to the end of the intersection before stopping. I wonder whether better policing could help, but improved yield signs might also be beneficial.
Another thing I have noticed when driving off the I-95 at exit 16 myself is that the big "Welcome to Norwalk" signs almost fully hide pedestrians from drivers' views. We may want to re-consider whether we value the orientation of our visitors more than our pedestrians' safety, and if a different placement of the signs is an option. If anything, walking and the use of public transportation should be promoted - not turned into an adrenaline rush for all the wrong reasons.