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Trying to cross Cañada Boulevard in Glendale

August 23, 2013

I want to thank Gina Moore for stopping at the intersection of Cañada Boulevard and El Rito Avenue because I was the pedestrian she wrote about who was trying to cross the street (“Disheartened by Glendale drivers,” Mailbag, Aug. 17).

I am used to trying to cross Cañada at this point and have often stood for several minutes to catch just the right moment between distant red lights to make my move. I try not to disrupt the flow of traffic, most of which is moving at speeds exceeding the speed limit. I love having the Glendale Police Department run sting operations at this intersection and have watched them cite several drivers within a 10-minute period.

In the 40 years I have lived in this area, Moore was one of maybe 20 people who have actually come to a stop to let me cross. As she sat there that day with cars whizzing by, many of them honking at her or giving her dirty looks, I did try to wave her on because I was concerned that she was going to be rear-ended. I also marveled at the fact she insisted on doing the right thing, even though it irritated other drivers.

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When the postman joined me, we discussed the indifference of the drivers who consider Cañada a semi-freeway. I don't envy him because his job requires making a crossing several times a day — he should certainly qualify for hazard pay.

So thank you, Gina Moore, I truly appreciated the one person that didn't consider me invisible.

Joan Mandell
Glendale

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