Tagged ‘pedestrians‘

A Pedestrian’s Responsibilities to Motorists

I walk a lot. I walk to and from work everyday. One of the biggest issues I see with pedestrians is their lack of respect for traffic. They figure that that white man on the crossing signal signifies that they can dawdle across the intersection. Well, there are cars waiting to make right hand turns. Or if you are crossing at a 4-way stop there are usually many cars waiting on you. 

Now most pedestrians take pride that they are doing something environmentally and I applaud them (and myself) but there is more that you could be doing. Hurry up across the street! Stop the cars from sitting there idling, waiting for you to cross. It’s a small thing but if all pedestrians did that it would help with the amount of carbon emissions from idling cars at intersections. Small steps to a cleaner world.

X-Walks and the confusion

Calgary has introduced these interesting new crosswalks. They are stated to be all go/all stop. Only when all cars have red lights are pedestrians allowed to cross. Cars aren’t “supposed” to turn right on red lights to speed up traffic flow when the other light is green and to increase safety for pedestrians. When the walk signal comes up, it’s a free for all for the walkers. You can even go kitty-corner.

In theory this should be perfect but everyday I go through them there are at least a couple pedestrians jumping the gun when one of the lights turn to red. This leads to cars being frustrated at the walkers. There are cars going ahead turning right on the red light. Is it just something that takes time? 

I’ve heard rumors that this idea came from New York. Not sure how true that is but you’d think they would have traffic figured out. Honestly, I don’t think people are smart enough to ever really get this idea. A very big generalization but I think it’s true.