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Victim blaming: yes, but sometimes it can be rightfully so. I have seen some pedestrians (and in some case this includes myself) do some spectacularly stupid things, just as I've seen bicyclists do dumb things, and foolish motorists likewise.

But a difference between the modes is that one is licensed, another can be, and another should never be. Cars & bikes are both vehicles, but I'm a bit of a libertarian when it comes to walking: one can't license me to walk on my own two feet.

Furthermore, when a pedestrian does something risky: they're the ones putting themselves most in danger. This is why, in my ideal dreamworld: ped laws -- as they apply to pedestrians -- would largely be more for purposes of assigning right-of-way and liability in event of collision; only enforced for egregious (such as overtly unsafe behavior; not jaywalking when there's no traffic).

I feel this even moreso in the face of calls for Idaho Stops... I'd sooner see pedestrians permitted to cross on red before (or concurrent) to giving bicylists that same permission.

by Bossi on Jan 30, 2013 1:43 pm • linkreport

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