Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Blog Article | One Comment

This entry is a continuation of a previous post I made about the “ped-peeves” I see on my way to work. I plan on keeping them coming as I see them.

 

Ped-Peeve #04 – Jay-walkers, at least the bad ones.

Jay-walking… I assume at some point we have all done it. By no means am I advocating that people jay-walk whenever they feel like it, but if you are going to do it, at least be reasonable about it. Make sure you are respecting the hierarchy of the street and know the risks. If you’re not going to use the designated crosswalk, where pedestrians have the right-of-way, recognize that you forfeit your right to not being run down by a car, bike, bus, etc. Nothing irritates me more than when someone completely disregards the oncoming traffic, like it is their right to just walk wherever they want, whenever they want. If as a pedestrian you are forcing a vehicle to slow down, or worse yet stop, in the middle of the street, you are definitely in the wrong. At least have the common sense to wait for a lull in traffic or go to the crosswalk that’s probably only 100 feet down the street. To confirm, I’m not advocating jay-walking, I've been told it’s illegal?!

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Ped-Peeve #05 – Crosswalk standoff.

Similar to intersection jamming (which I talked about in my previous post), I also see a lot of vehicular crosswalk standoffs that could easily be avoided. The most common is when a vehicle tries to make an aggressive turn, just short of the crosswalk, and creeps forward to beat the pedestrians trying to cross. There’s no better feeling than wondering whether I’m about to get run down or not. It’s maddening! Pedestrians have the right-or-way in the crosswalk, but these “important” drivers seem to think otherwise.  New crosswalk enhancements, like “pedestrian priority signalization”, are starting to pop up around the City. I think they are great, instead of matching the timing of the green light and pedestrian walk sign, pedestrians are given a 3-5 second head start. This allows pedestrians the chance to start walking across the street before a car tries to gun if off the line and beat them on the turn. It may seem like an unnecessary enhancement, but it makes a huge difference in reaffirming the concept that pedestrians have the right-of-way.

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Ped-Peeve #06 – Groups-stink.

This one happens quite a bit. Regardless of how large the sidewalk is, a group of people will almost always spread out to take it completely over. I get it, everyone wants to be part of the conversation, no one wants to be left out. But when that group doesn’t make an effort to “tighten up” for oncoming pedestrians heading towards them, it really frustrates me. Why does a single person have to be the one to take to the street to make the pass around an inconsiderate group? I would love to see someone just barrel through a group like bowling pins, but it’s a risky move. The group obviously has the numbers and things could escalate quickly. If you are a part of a large group who has taken over a sidewalk, try to fight the urge of spreading out. Walk in smaller groups, or something, just doesn’t block the entire sidewalk. Some of us are trying to get somewhere without having to resort to jumping into the streets!

 

This entry is part of a series discussing sidewalk rage. These are some recent ped-peeves I saw walking to work.

 

Ped-Peeve #04 – Jay-walkers, at least the bad ones.

Jay-walking, I think we have all done it. Sure, we all jaywalk every once in a while. And I’m not advocating that people jay-walk whenever they feel, but if you are going to do it, at least be respectful of all the other elements on the road. It you’re not going to use the designated crosswalk, where pedestrians have the right-of-way, recognize that you forfeit your right to not being run down by a car, bike, or worst of all a CTA bus. Nothing irritates me more than someone jay-walking and completely disregarding the oncoming traffic they effecting. If you are forcing a vehicle to slow down or stop, you are definitely in the wrong. At least have the common sense to wait for a lull in traffic. Again, I am not advocating jay-walking, I think it’s illegal?!

jaywalker1.jpg

 

Ped-Peeve #05 – Crosswalk standoff.

Similar to intersection jamming (which I talked about in my previous post), I also see a lot of vehicular crosswalk standoffs that could easily be avoided. The most common is when a vehicle tries to make an aggressive turn, just short of the crosswalk, and creeps forward to beat the pedestrians trying to cross. It always makes me wonder whether I’m about to get run down or not. It’s maddening! Pedestrians have the right-or-way in the crosswalk, but these special drivers seem to think otherwise. A new crosswalk enhancement that is being tested that I really like is “pedestrian priority signalization”. Instead of matching the timing of the green light and pedestrian walk sign, vehicles are on a 3-5 second delay. This allows pedestrians the chance to start making it across the street before a car tries to gun if off the line and beat them on the right turn. It may seem like a minor adjustment, but it makes a huge difference in reaffirming the concept that “pedestrians have the right-of-way”.

 

 

Ped-Peeve #06 – Groups-stink.

This one happens to me almost every day. Regardless of how large the sidewalk is, a group of people will almost always spread out to take it completely over. I get it, everyone wants to be part of the conversation, no one wants to be left out. But when that group doesn’t make an effort to “tighten up” for oncoming pedestrians heading towards them, it really frustrates me. Why does a single person have to be the one to take to the street to make the pass around an inconsiderate group? I would love to see someone just barrel through a group like bowling pins, but it’s a risky move. The group obviously has the numbers and things could escalate quickly. If you are a part of a large group who has taken over a sidewalk, try to fight the urge of spreading out. Walk in smaller groups, or something, just doesn’t block the entire sidewalk. Some of us are trying to get somewhere without having to resort to jumping into the streets!

 

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  1. Houseal Lavigne Associates » Really?! Sidewalk Rage IV
    May 27, 2015

    […] put me in danger. Thus, I continue the “Ped-Peeves” series. You can also read Sidewalk Rage I, Sidewalk Rage II, and Sidewalk Rage […]

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