|Stay out of the way!|
- Might makes right: cars are more powerful, so of course it is prudent and right for people on foot to scurry out of the way
- I am a strong, fast, and defensive walker/biker, and I protect myself; if you are hurt, it is because you have failed to be strong, fast, or defensive, and it's your own damn fault
- People on foot are a bunch of whining entitled brats, expecting people in cars to inconvenience themselves to slow or stop
- It's just a matter of civility and politeness; if everybody was nice, paying attention, and not in a hurry, most problems would disappear - "can't we all just get along?"
- Is gun violence only the result of bad actors or is it also a manifestation of a system problem?
- Is racism only the effect of bad actors or is it something more deeply entrenched in systems?
- Is poverty only the result of individual bad choices and not trying hard enough or is it an expression of a biased system it is too difficult to escape?
|1937 propaganda - via NYRB|
The position here is that good intention and civility on the part of road users is insufficient in our current system of hydraulic autoism and that we have a system with too much licit jay-driving.
|4245 people/day speed more than 10mph over limit|
Presentation Slides, Dec 11th
|When we talk about safety for people on foot,|
this should be our example - but 4245 people/day speed here!
|New ODOT materials|
Too often there is a presumption of innocence for people behind the wheel. Headline writers, other journalists, even police routinely blame people on foot.
|The word "jaywalk" never appears; it's about "drivers"!|
All the while people on foot are killed all too frequently.
|This was in 2014; it's much worse this year|
|The standard: We measure roads only for those in cars|
What would it mean effectively - indeed, what does it mean - to say that a person has a right to cross the street when we also hold free-flow car traffic as the ideal. In a crucial way, the person crossing is a regrettable compromise, an interloper. The driver who says "I didn't see them" and the system that finds this an adequate explanation is expressing the deep expectation that people don't actually belong on the road.
Our rhetoric that "every intersection is a crosswalk" is way out in front of the rest of the legal system and our road engineering standards.
That's why acknowledging the right of people on foot to the roadway isn't by itself enough and requires the full support of other interlocking systems.