A pedestrian-unfriendly city

I usually walk the shortest route to and from the office.   However today when returning home I  cut through Gateway Mall for a bit of variety.  I waited for a red light on the northeast corner of Bishop McLean Crescent and 15th Street West, then proceeded south across 15th Street with the walk signal.  Several cars were waiting to turn left from Bishop McLean Crescent onto 15th Street eastbound.  Two of them hurried to beat me, with the second cutting just a few feet in front of me.  The third car braked for me, but gave me a blast of his horn.

I wonder if they even realize that pedestrians in a crosswalk have the right-of-way?  Probably not.

I’ve seen enough of this P.A. driver attitude that I generally just shrug it off.  It’s when I see young children risking their lives trying to cross the street that my blood pressure rises.

I generally like Prince Albert as a place to live, but I wish it was a bit more pedestrian-friendly.

(Thanks for letting me vent – sorry if I’m reinforcing the impression that blogging all about angry middle-aged guys complaining about stuff)

5 Responses to “A pedestrian-unfriendly city”

  1. Dan Loseth says:

    That was you I honked at!?

  2. Linea says:

    You are right, it is not pedestrian friendly or bike friendly. That needs to change. I thin we have fairly selfish attitudes when we are driving – its my right to go now – rather than yielding to another for the sake of safety or politeness.

  3. Linea says:

    That should have been “think” obviously. It got away and posted before I could change it.

  4. Toni says:

    I thought PA seemed pretty good for peds compared to American streets. Wasn’t bad even for the UK.

  5. Phil L says:

    I guess it depends on one’s yardstick. I remember when travelling in Europe that Rome was the scariest city for a pedestrian. I swear the drivers tried to hit me.