Why did the jogger cross the street?
Original post made by Early runner on Mar 26, 2013
on Mar 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm
I jog and if the traffic isn't too heavy I won't bother to push the pedestrian button but simply wait until the light turns green and then jog across. If the traffic is heavy, I'll push the pedestrian button even though I feel guilty about doing it because it only takes little more than a hop and a skip for me to get across, whereas the pedestrian timer is on for much longer. Still, if the traffic is heavy, hitting the pedestrian button is the safe thing to do, especially with all of the young drivers near Foothill High in my neighborhood.
Haven't had the occasion to do much jogging very early when the traffic is very light, but if I saw no cars around I would be tempted to just jog right across the street without waiting for either the traffic light or the pedestrian signal. Hitting the pedestrian button is probably the appropriate thing to do, though. It doesn't take much time for a car to suddenly appear on a 45-mph street or even from around a corner on a winding 25-mph residential street.
on Mar 26, 2013 at 11:46 pm
Seems someone is a little hostile about having to obey the law/rules of the roadway. See, the pedestrian doesn't always have the right of way as you thought. I'm sorry you have to follow the rules like the rest of us.
on Mar 27, 2013 at 5:41 am
Slightly off subject:
I am always amazed at the number of early morning or evening walkers and joggers who wear dark clothing.
I recently came very close to colliding with an evening walker, dressed in black. I presume he proceeded because he was using a crosswalk and had the right-of-way to stop traffic (this is a poorly lit intersection without a traffic light). I didn't see him until his face peered into my driver side window, eyes wide open expecting the worst, as I passed just mere inches away. It scared both of us, and another step could have cost him his life.
If he had been wearing lighter clothing, I would have seen him and stopped. Or, he could've waited a few more seconds before proceeding to make absolutely sure my small group of cars had seen him and stopped.
Help both of us prevent a tragedy by wearing lighter colored clothing when walking or jogging during periods of low-visibility for drivers; and, I'll stop for you to cross, whenever I see you.