The crosswalks on Av. Nove de Julho are now populated with people holding the above banners. When it’s time for pedestrians to cross, these guardian angels throw their banners in front of the stopped cars while people cross the street. Good deal.
Here’s the only flaw in the plan. I’ve never seen someone almost get run down on Nove de Julho. Crosswalks are well marked, traffic lights can be seen from all angles, and there are pedestrian signals. Just the opposite, I’ve seen pedestrians test fate on Nove de Julho and attempt to beat the oncoming traffic when it is NOT their turn to go.
How about sending these banners deeper into the neighborhood where there are NO pedestrian signals, where it’s impossible to see if the traffic light has changed as you are crossing the road, and where I’ve both experienced (as a pedestrian) and witnessed cars perform the act of totally disregarding any traffic direction and nearly running down innocent pedestrians?
They would plant themselves there, but, you know, it’s a little too dangerous. I mean, who wants to get hit by a car?