This is a sensitive issue, since in a town like this most of us play both roles.
I just wanted to share an incident that happened to me this morning. I was turning left from Bassett St. onto Dayton St. after coming off of Johnson. There was a pedestrian about to enter the crosswalk, so I stopped. He, likely because most drivers don't, assumed I wasn't going to. After waiting a significant amount of time(significant considering there were cars behind me, as well as others waiting to turn off of Dayton) I realised he wasn't going to go. As I started to go, so did he. I felt bad about it, but I already hit the gas and wasn't about to risk another car ramming me. Now, if he had just kept walking, everything would have been ok and no one would have been held up. But because drivers don't normally stop, there was this preconception of what was going to happen, even though it was wrong.
But other times I have not stopped because the pedestrian was well on the sidewalk, and not near crossing, where they were mad at me for not stopping.
Then I can turn around and tell you about the scenario where I was a pedestrain crossing Mineral Point Rd., with a walk sign, and a lady seriously would have run into me had I not seen her turning right. (We were both waiting at the corner a while for the light to change before she went. She had plenty of time to see me.)
Then there is the ever dangerous situation where someone in one lane stops, while everyone in the other three do not. In this case is the pedestrian supposed to catch the attention of 4 lanes of traffic? Yes, but it is harder than it sounds, and it even sounds hard!
I think the best course of action for this enforcement and educational team, is to enforce such laws year round. If people knew that at any point they could get a ticket, they would likely stop more often.
Also, MPD, if you do something like this, please don't put out a news release about where you are enforcing. I read the traffic enforcement updates all the time that tell me where not to speed. Since then, I have never been suprised by a cop with a radar gun. Did it keep me from speeding? Yes, but just for one day. Just like these pedestrian safety initiatives. Will people likely start stopping for pedestrians on Monroe because of this? Likely, yes, but for two weeks until no one remembers.
And yes, it is hard to not notice the boobs on the woman in the illustration. No wonder she has trouble dodging cars, she must have awful posture. What I also noticed is that the guy is bolting the heck out of there. Don't leave her behind, she can't move that fast with those boobs!