Yesterday we waited at least three minutes, maybe closer to five, to cross Crow Canyon at the signal on Iron Horse Trail as we were riding south. This is always a long signal, but yesterday it was especially aggravating. As usual, people began to grumble, and one pair of cyclists started out against the red light just before it turned. Returning north along the path, we arrived at this light where one man said he had been waiting for about three minutes. Shortly after we arrived, a San Ramon policeman showed up, explaining that someone had complained about the light to him. He parked on our side of the street to observe the cycle.
Shortly after he arrived, a jogger proceeding south started out against the red light, having not seen the policeman. When she arrived at the divider in the middle of the road, she stopped abruptly and waited along with another woman who had been there for a long time. The policeman angrily asked her if she thought she was special. The policeman finally tired of waiting for the cycle to give us the green light, attempted to control the light from the box. When he was unable to do this, he walked out into traffic and let all the walkers and cyclists cross, using his arms the old-fashioned way. As the jogger crossed to the policeman’s side, she started to attempt to justify herself. The policeman edgily told her, “Just don’t say anything or I will give you a ticket.
It was amusing to see a self-centered jogger enjoy a few uncomfortable minutes, but the cycle for this light really does need to be shorter for people using Iron Horse Trail. Crow Canyon is a busy multi-laned road, and some adjustments need to be made.