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I also think it is great that VDOT is trying something new and innovative.

I would also like to see those small yellow signs that state it is required by law to stop for peds in crosswalks. I feel that most drivers don't stop simply because they don't realize that they are supposed to.

In addition, I think speed humps need to be added to the W&OD crossing at Hunter Mill in Reston. Not only do drivers not see the trail due to trees, turns, and hills, but I am pretty sure that most drivers are well above the 35mph speed limit for this area. That is the only intersection that I consistently have close calls at.

A speed trap every now and then wouldn't be a bad idea either.

I usually just stop, get off the bike, put it up on the rear wheel, and start pushing it out into the road.

You'd be amazed at how quickly drivers remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way.

If you follow the link to the Loudon Extra blog, and read the comments, you'll see that a substantial portion of the posters believe that drivers have right-of-way and that pedestrians and cyclists have to yield. The problem isn't that drivers don't know the crosswalk is coming, it's that they don't believe they have to stop for it. A "stop for pedestrians" sign would probably be more effective.

Seems like a lot of wasted paint to me. They should just turn the stop signs 90degrees, and make the cars stop. Traffic calming and priority to vulnerable users in one shot!

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