The Visceral Sense of Fear of Pedestrians & Giving The Bird While Wearing Mittens
Dangerous pedestrian issues in Ann Arbor via mgrocoff
The closing remark for this video from Ann Arbor sums it up well, “we can have a community where we no longer feel invisible as pedestrians.” A major part of it is infrastructure, but the other side of it is culture. Many of us have experienced walking in cities on the west coast, which seem to have a more mature ethic that assumes people walking will cross the road and motorists stop accordingly. In Michigan, even in walkable Ann Arbor, we have a long ways to go.
Since this video appeared, Ann Arbor’s city council passed a pedestrian safety ordinance that will attempt to enforce that motorists must “stop and yield the right-of-way to every pedestrian not only within a crosswalk, but also pedestrians approaching a crosswalk.” It’s questionable if the new ordinance, which is different from state law, will be effective.
The above video was used to help pass the ordinance.
SIDE-NOTE: Yesterday, I did give the one finger salute to a motorist cutting in front of me while crossing at the Rose St. cross-walk. I had the green and was in the street; they couldn’t wait the 3 seconds for me to clear. Unfortunately, my communication was unclear as finger communication doesn’t work so well when wearing mittens.
Live and learn.