Annoying? My vote is the crosswalk on Mt. Diablo Boulevard at Broadway Plaza. This the one where pedestrians, at their fancy, can push a button and start lights blinking in the crosswalk, which tells cars to stop so that pedestrians can then enter the crosswalk.
From my observation, this crosswalk is responsible for causing big traffic backups on Mt. Diablo Boulevard especially during peak shopping times on weekends and during the holidays. The pedestrians, making their way from Broadway Plaza across to the shops on the north side of Mt. Diablo, often ignore basic etiquette. You know, that concept of taking turns? That concept your parents start teaching you when you were 2 years old. Okay, some pedestrians show some grace, and wait to let some cars pass. But most often they don’t.
(Oh, and by the way, Soccer Son, took the above photo, while he and I were stuck at that crosswalk for several minutes on Friday evening.)
As for dangerous? Well, I’d need to see police statistics for that. But are there any you feel are particularly hazardous, either from a vehicle versus vehicle standpoint or a vehicle versus pedestrian.
Near our neighborhood, there is the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Newell Avenue, where in June 2007, Corinne Crawford, a UC Berkeley graduate student and member of the Cal Cycling team, was fatally injured. She and a fellow team cyclist were returning from a bike ride to Mt. Diablo when both were truck at the intersection while waiting with their bikes at a red light. The two were struck by a 2002 Cadillac driven by a 74-year-old man.
The Contra Costa Times surveyed readers to get their views on dangerous East Bay intersections. You can access the Times online, interactive map that invites readers to update and share their concerns about specific intersections. You can access the Times map here.