“Why won’t that pedestrian just cross the road?”

Mommyo, exasperated while driving through an undisclosed intersection in Chicago: “There are pedestrians walking in 5 different directions here, which is sort of amazing, because there are only 3 pedestrians. Why won’t these guys just cross the road?”

Daddyo: “The answer is trivial and is left as an exercise for the driver.”

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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2 Responses to “Why won’t that pedestrian just cross the road?”

  1. gatheringplaceseasonfour says:

    I am very cautious (usually I would be a pedestrian) – there is a huge disadvantage (mass) on the side of any pedestrian, a huge “advantage” on the side of any vehicle (and driver). I have yet to get hit by a motor vehicle. This is amazing, especially considering how many hours I have spent riding bicycle on public roads and streets over about half a century.


    • Shala Howell says:

      I do try very hard to be aware of pedestrians/bikers/motorcyclists, etc., as The Eight-Year-Old and I rely on drivers not hitting us every time we walk or scoot around our neighborhood. I do think, however, that part of being a safe pedestrian (& a safe driver) is to behave in a thoroughly predictable fashion. I find it exceptionally stressful when I’m driving and the pedestrian (or car) in front of me abruptly decides to change their path of motion for no discernible cause and with no apparent warning.

      The other thing I hate about driving in Chicago is that sometimes the bike lanes are between a line of parked cars and the main road and other times they are between a line of parked cars and the sidewalks. As a driver, I’m never quite sure where to watch for bikers, and whether or not my turns/parallel parking efforts are going to cut them off. The lack of consistency seems wildly dangerous to cyclists, especially with the rise of Divvy bike-shares in our area. It drives me nuts that they haven’t standardized the placement of bike lanes in our city streets.

      Thanks for stopping by & stay safe out there!


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