Four cars stopped without hassle, recognizing the marked crosswalk where they had largely ignored the unmarked one, and I sauntered through it, enjoying my right-of-way.
|4 cars stopped for the crossing|
|Important people have cars and schedules|
It is somewhat offensive, and because of the way they are located in our local politics, they should know better. They punched down when they should have been punching up.
(The other criticism was mostly in-group signalling by demonizing an out-group, and demonstrating they hadn't bothered to click through and read past the headline.)
Our Culture of Hydraulic Autoism and Pedestrian Impedance
But it's not surprising that people cling to notions of autoist priority.
|From 1937 this remains our ideal - via NYRB|
|"traffic hampering...long delays" = congestion as main problem|
(final Congestion Relief Task Force summary)
|Pedestrian delay is anti-walking!|
(Note this is at Commercial Street, not Front Street, also
from draft recommendations)
But our conversation about "congestion," the terms on which we carry out that analysis and debate, reinforces hostility to walking and other mobility. If we are serious about improving safety and comfort for people on foot, we need to rein in our relentless complaints at the City about congestion. The City needs to lead on changing cultural norms about congestion and redefining the conversation.
|from Walkable City Rules by Jeff Speck|
In every way, we need to decenter "congestion" as the main problem. Safety and emissions - life itself! - should be at the center of a new paradigm, instead.
* A commenter the other day also complained about calling it simply "a new crosswalk."
Not to be too much of a stickler for terminology -- this is not a new crosswalk. There are crosswalks at every intersection....This is of course true, but they must not be a regular reader. The word "crosswalk" right now is ambiguous: It can refer to the paint, markings, and other structure that signifies a marked crosswalk, to the physical evidences of a crosswalk; or it can refer to the location and idea of a crosswalk, whether marked or unmarked. The crosswalk here is in fact new when we are talking about the infrastructure of a marked crosswalk. But it is, on the other hand, merely marking a crosswalk that already existed in an unmarked form. We'll try to be more explicit about unmarked crosswalks, marked crosswalks, and enhanced crosswalks; but in context it should be clear what we are talking about.