In other words, all you poor pedestrians should be careful out there with those big bad cars out there. You'd best be staying out of their way.
As this is part of the Integrated Road Safety Program, "promote pedestrian safety practises" likely means they'll be giving out tickets to pedestrians for jay-walking over the next month.
Not on my turf.
I jay-walk, and proudly so. Even though, I live in a pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood, the pedestrian network is set up in an awkward, ugly grid. I walk up and down Elgin Street every day, and no matter what pace I walk at, I always arrive at the next light when I'm not "supposed to" cross.
So I cross anyway.
If there is no traffic coming, I'm not going to stand and wait just because a little white man isn't telling me to. [Ever notice that it's a white man that says "go" but a coloured hand that says "stop"?]
I also cross mid-block. On Elgin street this is ideal because the lights at both ends of the block are usually red at the same time, so any cars within the block are stationary.
And surprise, surprise, when I once took a taxi, it didn't have to stop for a single light the entire way up Elgin. Talk about transportation planning priorities.
So a few of us pedestrian advocates are going to "crash" tomorrow's party.
You want to make roads safer for pedestrians?
- Make crossing times long enough for seniors to cross
- Set walk signals to go on every light cycle, not just on request
- Get the light to change immediately at pedestrian crosswalks, not when the light feels like changing
- Let people cross when there's no traffic
- Build crosswalks where we need them, like at King Edward and Cathcart
- GET DRIVERS TO PAY ATTENTION
Heck, we're ticketing pedestrians for walking in the path of inattentive drivers! What are the police doing about inattentive drivers?
The law was recently changed in Ontario to ban people from using cell phones and other similar devices while driving. Why aren't the Police enforcing this law? Attentive drivers would make the streets safer for pedestrians.
There are plenty of other dangerous--and illegal--ways motorists endanger pedestrians, which are only enforced when someone gets hurt. That is much too late.
You want to encourage people to walk and bike? You want to help me walk safely in my neighbourhood? Drive like MY life depends on it.
Remember, the outside of your car doesn't have airbags.