|Stay out of the way!|
|Faux balance and egalitarianism|
in the City's recent release on "safety"
We've seen this before. A deadpan piece of satire from 100 years ago today is not in fact so distant from our current recommendations.
|December 23rd, 1919|
From the piece:
The licensing of pedestrians who use the public throughfares, and the examination of these same pedestrians to determine their ability to keep out of the way of automobiles is suggested in a set of rules and regulations received by the secretary of state's office from an anonymous Portland writer, Monday. The proposed regulations follow:And here are two contemporary exhortations from this fall. There's not that much difference between them and the earlier satire. They testify to the way autoism prevailed and normalized shifting the burden for safety onto people walking and indemnifying drivers against fault.
1. Pedestrians crossing street at night shall wear a white light In front and a red light In the rear.
2. Before turning to the right or left they shall give three short blasts on a horn at-least three Inches in diameter.
3. When an Inexperienced automobile driver Is made nervous by a pedestrian, he shall Indicate the same, and the pedestrian shall hide behind a tree until the automobile has passed.
4. Pedestrians shall not carry In their pockets any sharp instrument which may cut automobile tires.
5. Dodging automobiles, pedestrians shall not run more than seven miles an hour.
6. Pedestrians must register at the beginning of each year and pay a license fee of $5 for the privilege of living. There shall be no rebate if they do not live the entire year.
7. Each pedestrian before receiving his license to walk upon the streets must demonstrate before an examining board his skill In dodging, leaping, crawling and extricating himself from machinery.
8. Pedestrians will be held responsible for all damages done to automobiles or their occupants by collision...
|The typo suggests this was not really very thoughtful|
A City PSA earlier this fall
|Responsibility always shifted to those on foot - twitter|
The satire from 1919 is too close for comfort.
Previously on jaywalking and our wayward framing on safety:
- "Before Jaywalking: In 1914 Street Crossings Belonged to Pedestrians"
- "Jay Driving deserves Revival as Term of Opprobrium!"
- "Before Jaywalking: Pedestrian Rights and a Dangerous Instrumentality in 1921"
- "A Century Ago: Speed Maniacs, Autoists, and the Fight over Road Space"
- "Induced Demand and Pedestrian Control in 1920s Chicago"
- "Portland's first Jaywalking Ordinance Took Effect 100 Years Ago"
- "Cars Rule, Walkers Drool! Othering the Person on Foot"
- "Why so much Acceptance for Traffic Cone Theory of Walking?"
- "Conflicting Narratives about Walking Jostle in Story on Memorial to Crosslands"
- "Why Pedestrian Rights themselves may not be Sufficient"
- "With Call to Revive Jaywalking Laws, City Study Whiffs on Speed"
- "Robot Cars Should not Tempt us to Try to Criminalize Improper Walking"
- "Death on Foot: Too Much on Distracted Walking Canard"
- "City PSA on Time Change and Safety Needs Paradigm Change Itself"