About a month or two ago, I was driving down east Sprague near the stand that I believe is called “Busty’s Espresso” or something like that. I was heading east in the far right lane, meaning there were three lanes of traffic and about a 15 foot stretch of parking lot between me and the espresso stand. Traffic was moving fine- then about five feet later came to a screeching halt. I glanced in my rearview mirror and saw a car swerve and come near to rear-ending me. I couldn’t see anything blocking the road but I saw a lot of heads turning to the north. I looked to see what everyone was looking at and it was a young woman leaning out the window of the coffee stand wearing nothing but green pasties! Traffic had come to a complete stand still and there were several near-accidents because people were gawking at the nearly naked lady!
So, there’s my reasoning for agreeing they cause safety issues. I don’t know the answer, but maybe move the stands further from the road or only have the window facing away from the road?