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Argument 1 for the signs: "There's already so much car traffic on Markham in the afternoons waiting to make that left turn onto Broadway that if you put a walk phase into the signal cycle the congestion would back up even more."
A response: There's a ton of traffic on Markham precisely because the engineers have sacrificed the walk signal and designated two lanes with a protected left turn. Make that left turn from Markham onto Broadway less appealing and drivers will find another way. Guaranteed. Right now we don't even allow a left turn from 3rd Street onto Broadway despite there being two east-bound travel lanes. We have a connected street grid downtown with many options for drivers, but the traffic engineers have altered it to funnel cars into certain patterns. Heck, a few drivers might even decide to ride the bus or a bike if we didn't bend over backwards to make driving so easy.
Argument 2 for the signs: "It's just too dangerous for pedestrians to cross there. The signs protect them."
A response: Then make the intersection safer. Construct a raised crosswalk; lower car speeds by changing the pavement material; get bigger walk/don't walk signs; shrink Broadway down from 5 lanes to 3 or 4 and construct sidewalk bump-outs to shorten the distance across. There are countless ways of making streets safer and more inviting for pedestrians if we decide to do so.
Argument 3 for the signs: "No one walks there anyway, so there's no harm done."
A response: No one walks there because it is an unfriendly space for pedestrians. Make it more inviting and people will use their feet.
Just because things are a certain way does not mean they should be.