Fallbrook needs to be a friendlier village to pedestrians

On a walk south on Mission Road, I arrived at Stage Coach Lane and waited for the pedestrian light to change. By the time it did, a driver passed and blocked the crosswalk. When I pointed out his error, he apologized profusely. My last reading of the rules stated that a driver is supposed to stop behind the line and then, after looking both ways, proceed on a right turn.

After waiting another cycle of the lights, I crossed Stage Coach and went south on Winterhaven. The same thing happened there except it was a maintenance type pick-up. This time, I was louder about his error and he must have thought I asked his age because he held up one finger.

Crossing these intersections has been one of the biggest hazards of walking. It makes me even more worried because it is at the high school and children may not be as aware of these driver habits. The bush overgrowth on the northeast corner of Winterhaven and Mission doesn’t help either. Yesterday there was another close call at Winterhaven again. Neither cars nor pedestrians are visible from the corner.

Robert Hall

4 Responses to "Fallbrook needs to be a friendlier village to pedestrians"

  1. you are correct   October 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    There are many intersections where the entry to the cross road is blind. Good example is going East @ Aviation and Main Ave (I’m sure there’s a bunch in town). The outside eating area of Trupiano’s completely blocks the view of traffic coming from the 7-11 area and the only way to see that traffic is to pull onto the pedestrian crossing area and basically right up onto Main Ave. I did have two sets of pedestrians cross and luckily there were now cars behind me at the time and was able to back-up both times to let them by. But you are correct, Mission Rd is notirious for these blind spots (overgrowth/blocked view) from the 15 to the 76. Be careful out there!

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  2. Lee   October 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Robert, you are, of course, 100% correct! And thank you. The whole problem with Mission Rd. is that, let’s not kid ourselves, it is one big highway. Mission Rd. either needs a slower speed limit, far greater patrolling of it, or both. The other problem — a macro-level problem — is simply Fallbrook’s growth. Mission Rd. once was a simple road serving a village’s main exit route; today it’s the 405. (OK, OK, not quite, but you know what I mean.) We keep on stuffin’ people in here with our current roads bursting at the seams. Well, if I remember my high school physics correctly, something’s gotta give . . . and, regrettably, that somethin’ almost always is a human being and not that metal thing called a car.

    My dear fellow Fallbrookers, PLEASE slow down!!! We are, after all, the "friendly village."

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  3. Lee   October 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    PS. Robert/folks, whenever you come across a RUDE chucklehead like the one who showed Robert a certain finger, take down the license plate number — preferably snap a photo with your smartphone . . . and notify the authorities. It’s that simple. That’s what they’re here for, aren’t they? Contact Bonsall’s CHP office. Sure, they may not help you with that particular instance . . . but they very well WILL make a note of that vehicle and driver! Robert/folks, I am pretty sure that the "lovely" middle finger is considered road rage. Did you know that? I’m pretty sure I am correct about that. (Correct me if I’m wrong, of course.) A police officer once told me that flashing lights at somebody or flashing a certain finger is considered road rage. Did you know that? Well, why not let Law Enforcement know about the incident and let them handle things?

    That’s why we have them. So let’s use them.

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  4. Rogue   November 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Flipping someone the bird is protected "free Speech" under the constitution.

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