|The SUV appears to be making the same turning movement
that killed the Crosslands on a Market Street sidewalk
Some knew Mike and Chris simply as “The Walkers” and for good reason. They walked everywhere together and were recognizable with their matching black hats and blacks jackets, dark clothing that sadly contributed to their deaths.Once again our commitments to hydraulic autoism and the traffic cone theory of walking interfere with our ability - or more insidiously sometimes enact a refusal - to recognize the direct claim people on foot have to using the roads as part of ordinary, banal, everyday activity.
The accident happened Jan. 7. The Crosslands were walking along Market Street NE, headed home after dinner on a dark and foggy evening, when they were struck by a pickup making a left turn into the Shilo Inn parking lot. The driver told police he didn’t see the couple. No charges were filed.
Instead, we tend to see it as a special, elective and consumerist activity carved out of discretionary time, funded with discretionary income, and signalled with special clothing and special pedestrian safety equipment.
But if you flip the narrative about "dark clothing," you can see how ridiculous it can be.
The pickup that killed James Alton on Friday was dressed in "dark clothing"! Alton didn't see the pickup. But the person on foot was still the one harmed. News reports don't say afterwards, "the walker told police he didn't see the truck."
|(with help from Keizer Times)
|New ODOT materials with a new approach