I just watched a pedestrian cross Bennett Rd like this. She walked almost 200 feet out of her way to avoid the crosswalk. There wasn’t much traffic. She easily crossed the three northbound lanes, waited in the median for one car to pass, then crossed the two southbound lanes.
In every community meeting I’ve been to for pedestrian safety, there’s all this hand-ringing about getting pedestrians to use crosswalks. The DOT and law enforcement expect pedestrians to walk a half mile out of their way to cross our blown-out arterial roads at signalize intersections with marked crosswalks. They just can’t understand why those pesky peds won’t just use a crosswalk.
Perhaps there’s a clue here.
If you want to change behavior, you have to first understand the reasons for it. People behave the way they do for many reasons, real and imagined. For the most part, people choose to do what they do based on experience, perceptions and beliefs, not lack of information.
So, why did she cross the street like that?