JPcher, in the US cars don't have to stop at unoccupied crosswalks without a stop sign, but they certainly have to yield for pedestrians whether there is a sign or not.
Oh! Most definitely! All drivers must yield for pedestrians -- so long as the pedestrians are following the safety rules . . . wait, that didn't sound right either.
I think I'm digging myself into a hole . . . please bear with me.
I practice basic road safety and etiquette, I stop before entering the side walk, look both way, wait for cars that are going to pass even though legally they have to stop.
I apologize, SPuck, maybe I misunderstood. I was just asking for clarification, but my question probably shouldn't have been addressed specifically to your habits because you stated that you follow pedestrian etiquette. So, the following is a general statement, and the reason for my previous post.
There are so many times where I find pedestrians think that they own the road. Even on side streets where there is a clearly marked crossing and I don't have a stop sign, I've seen walkers/joggers look both ways as they approach the crossing and still step out into the intersection, barely giving me enough time to stop (and I'm traveling only 25 mph.) These people are not following proper pedestrian rules.
Another problem is at the local train station. There are clearly marked "Walk/Don't Walk" signs. Especially when a train unloads, people walk across the street, eyes glued to their cell phone, thinking "Cars must stop for me so why should I pay attention?"
Back to your OP, SPuck -- since you've had a few close calls on the same specific intersections (mainly the uphill one) I'm curious as to how visible you are to the drivers. I'm sure you're not the only walker that has experienced this. Maybe call your non-emergency number and explain the dangerous crossing for pedestrians. Ask if they could put up a stop sign or, at the very least, a ped-xing sign to warn drivers that they do need to slow down.