My favorite outdoor spot to eat lunch in downtown Bethesda is the plaza above Safeway on Old Georgetown Road.
It's got it all - shade, sculpture, waterfall, pond, trees, places to sit, an outdoor stage....and to make it extra special there are several lunch places and an art gallery in the plaza.
Pedestrian Alert Zone - Bethesda, MD at Middleton Lane and Wisconsin Avenue, looking south
OK, the two signs in the photographs show a Pedestrian Crossing icon AHEAD.
Trouble is, there is NOTHING AHEAD. At least, no clearly-marked pedestrian crossing. There are no additional signs indicating the location of the pedestrian crossing. At Avondale Street, a block ahead (traveling south on Wisconsin) there are some white stripes drawn on the ground that may or may not indicate an official pedestrian crossing.. But without a pedestrian crossing sign at that location....c'mon NO CARS EVER STOP FOR PEDESTRIANS HERE. I know, I've tried.
Basically, these signs in the two photographs are confusing: drivers do not see an actual crossing, just a sign saying a crossing is "ahead." Drivers do not know where to expect the crossing. Drivers do not stop for pedestrians, in my experience, unless they see those magical Pedestrian Crossing signs that at least make them aware that pedestrians exist and have a right to the streets, too.
Consequently for pedestrians, there are no official ways to cross Wisconsin Avenue between Route 410 East-West Highway and Cheltenham Drive (where the CVS is located). I and other pedestrians cross it anyway - running, sprinting, cowering, slipping on ice....every which way but the safe and legal way.