Pedestrian right-of-way is wrong headed

June 30th, 2006

Whose bright idea was it to give a 150 pound human being right-of-way over a three tons of rubber, viagra sale malady glass, online and steel moving at 35 miles per hour?

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  • 1. Nick  |  June 30th, 2006 at 10:28 am

    150 pounds? Where do you live… Wisconsin or Anorexiaville?

  • 2. Administrator  |  June 30th, 2006 at 10:29 am


    I was trying to find an average that would include little kids and women (as well as the average rhino that IS the Wisconsin male).

  • 3. Chris  |  June 30th, 2006 at 11:43 pm

    you need a cow catcher on the front of your car then you wouldnt have to slow down just gently bump them to the side ;)

  • 4. Wm. Clement  |  July 1st, 2006 at 6:49 am

    Yep. I just love it when some Darwin award recipient-to-be in Chicago steps out in front of my Semi. Yessireee, I can stop on a dime!

  • 5. Casper  |  July 1st, 2006 at 8:27 am

    This probably harkens back to maritime law calling for lesser-powered craft to always have the right away. But that’s more a function of maneuvarability than anything else. The stopping distance and agility of the average human (read, getting the hell out of the way) is loads better than almost any vehicle.

    But the worst of this are those pedestrians who tout the right. After a recent lunch meeting on Water Street with people from our Chicago office, someone on my team was praising pedestrian rights in Milwaukee and how cars MUST stop for a person crossing the street. As she walked out into busy traffic to the sounds of screeching tires and blaring horns, head held high and ignoring the countless near accidents she just caused, the Chicago folks stared on in horror!

  • 6. Clint  |  July 4th, 2006 at 8:06 am

    You should drive down Holton from North Ave to Capitol. Or up North Ave to Tosa – I have actually seen some moron cross in the middle of the street – seen someone driving toward them and stop in the middle of the driving lane to tie their shoes. If only I had not been driving my 83 Honda with more rust than metal…

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