Sonnet, or Love Song

Pedestrian leading interval, YAY!

Hark! Proclaim your wondrous utility,

Yet, simple with so much humility,

Very easy to cross the street today,

Protected in all my fragility,

From car and truck driver hostility,

So cheerful even when the skies are grey.

Gratitude be to Saint Paul Public Works,

For installing them all over the place,

Crossing the street does not feel like a race,

PLIs should not be singular perks,

Every intersection they should grace,

On! PLI! You set off the fireworks.


Grand And Victoria

Dana DeMaster

About Dana DeMaster

Dana DeMaster, MPP, is a program evaluator and researcher for human services programs who lives and bikes in Saint Paul. When she’s not analyzing data, she can be found rabble-rousing for neighborhood bike improvements in Saint Paul, playing Legos with her two children, or sewing practical things. You can find some of her other writing on the Grease Rag and Wrench blog.

2 thoughts on “Sonnet, or Love Song

  1. Brian

    Do intersections with PLI have No right turn on red? Why wouldn’t drivers see that cross traffic has stopped and just turn right through pedestrians?

    The pedestrian scramble seems like a better idea, but a scramble would require a prohibition on right turns at least during the scramble. Way too many drivers still turn right on red when a sign prohibits it.

  2. Pine SalicaPine Salica

    They’re so great. I implement them everywhere I go by stepping into the street as soon as traffic clears. My feelings say it helps cars notice the other bikes/peds crossing shortly after.
    “Be the PLI you want to see in the world.”

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