Numerous people contacted Traffic Lab this week to chime in on pedestrian right-of-way rules. Here’s what a few said. Earlier this week, Traffic Lab spotlighted the Washington law that says pedestrians have the right of way at all intersections, no matter their traffic or design. Numerous readers responded to the story via emails and online, sharing their own experiences of crossing Seattle-area streets on foot, or waiting for pedestrians as drivers.
We explain the rule and share people’s crosswalk stories. Reoccurring complaint? People crossing streets while looking at their phones. Few Washington driving laws are ignored like the rule giving pedestrians the right of way at intersections. Legally, people can step off a curb and cross the street at any intersection, no matter their traffic or design. That means even crossings without walk signals, lights or zebra stripes give walkers the upper hand, according to state law.
The city just finished a first-of-its-kind inventory of sidewalk conditions, which officials say will help crews prioritize repair projects going forward. Arrange all of Seattle’s sidewalks end-to-end, and you’d be able to stroll from here to Chicago. Pay to replace each of those roughly 2,300 miles of pedestrian concrete and pavement, and you’d fork over almost the equivalent of the city’s entire annual budget — roughly $5.3 billion, officials report.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".