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Adventures in Walking 1

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Walking is a great form of exercise, without a doubt. But did you know that fully 14% of all traffic fatalities are pedestrians? Think about that: 1 in 7 people killed in traffic accidents are pedestrians. Safety experts try to tell us that crossing at the corner and in the crosswalk and using the walk signals is a good way to reduce that number.

But even if you do it all right ....

Today, I was walking to Weight Watchers. It's only a mile and a half walk. I crossed at an unsignalled intersection in the crosswalk. I waited until the eastbound traffic cleared and went to the island to wait for the westbound to pass. It's not a particularly busy street and posted at 30 MPH.

When the first westbound car passed I judged that the second one was far enough away and travelling at a speed that it was safe for me to cross.

Except ...

As I approached the midway point of the lane, I could see and hear him accelerate! Never taking my eyes off him, I ran to the curb and when I got there I emphatically pointed at the crosswalk. He braked hard, rolled his window down and accused me of doing things to my mother I wouldn't even do to his sister. So I pointed to the sign "See that sign?"

"How about you honor it instead so speeding up."

"F**k you as***le. I ought to kick your ass." He screamed as he sped off.

And as he drove away, I notice three bumper stickers. Two I recognized immediately without having to read them.

The first we have all become familiar with:

The second you may have seen on occasion, but it's quite common and recognizable in Maryland especially around Baltimore:

The third was:

I thought, but I will be g--damned if I'll even slow down for people.

Maybe it should have been

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