They don't need me to tell them it's a bad intersection
They do if the city uses citizen reports as a metric to prioritize allocating budget for improvements to its intersections.
Another thing... are you suggesting that my lack of reporting this makes my analysis of the issue less valid?
No. But in my opinion, one analyzes an issue in order to find a solution.
Or are you simply trying to gently redirect the conversation
Yes. The conversation went in one direction, namely clarification of the problem with this particular approach. Once I realized the problem was an underprovisioned LTYOG, that direction concluded, and I redirected it toward what can be done about the problem.
from pointing out that your counterpoint isn't very good to a conversation about my poor citizenship?
I'm trying to be helpful, suggesting measures that have a chance of getting a problem solved.