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in: Charlie; Charlie > 2016-01-26

Jan 26, 2016 6:24 PM # 
Glad Rhonda's ok. A1A is horribly dangerous. People going too fast for conditions, rubber-necking tourists not looking where they're going, and poorly marked intersections are only some of the hazards I remember from A1A.

Florida traffic laws seem to require cars to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk. But I seldom remember seeing any driver actually doing it:

....Vehicles must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians within a crosswalk when a pedestrian enters the crosswalk, is in the same half of the roadway as the vehicle, or when a pedestrian is approaching closely enough from the opposite side of the roadway to be in danger....Pedestrians must yield the right-of-way to vehicles when crossing outside of a marked crosswalk....
Jan 26, 2016 6:31 PM # 
Most people do stop, but it only takes one. This particular time the guy was going fast enough that I assumed he wouldn't stop and I stayed at the side of the road. I didn't realize Rhonda had walked out there until it was too late. A really close call. I will be happy to get her back to the bucolic countryside!
Jan 26, 2016 7:08 PM # 
Wow, scary, glad she is okay!
Jan 27, 2016 1:05 AM # 
Urbanites develop instincts for self-preservation techniques, but we soon lose them when we move to the boonies. While I survived three years living on Manhattan's Upper West Side, I always dark pants when I go back to NYC so I am less embarrassed to enter nice hotels for refuge after narrow escapes. Don't choose to remember all the close calls.
Jan 27, 2016 3:17 PM # 
Well I think urban drivers are more careful and considerate than country or suburban drivers. They're accustomed to seeing bikes, runners, pedestrians, etc sharing the road with them. They're more aware. And they're ready to stop or slow down more willingly...tho everyone has a device in their lap these days, dinging and ringing for attention.

That A1A comes all the way south on the offshore barrier islands, and through some pretty fancy real estate. People that want to drive fast should come over to I-95 or at least Hwy #1. Because A1A is a local road, and was never designed to be a high-speed highway. But unfortunately many drivers do not get that message.
Jan 28, 2016 3:11 PM # 
That's not the case around us clark. People drive like absolute crazies around New Haven - always racing to get to the next light before it goes red, ignoring pedestrian crossings completely, driving at 50 mph in a 35 zone, on their phones constantly.

I always find it wondrous that more people aren't killed on the roads around here. I've never lived anywhere I've felt so continuously unsafe as a pedestrian.
Jan 28, 2016 4:02 PM # 
And out here in the suburbs/country side, the drivers are very courteous, giving runners and cyclist a good wide margin, or slow down till room is available to pass.
Jan 28, 2016 4:27 PM # 
Sorry to hear that Becks. I guess I should modify my statement to include urban drivers specifically from MY neighborhood, on the north side of Chicago.

Few drivers speed here...or run through intersections; there's too many cyclists, pedestrians, baby carriages, etc. Plus Chicago has gone a long way to 'calm' traffic and give drivers the message that they are not the only intended users of city streets: dedicated bike lanes separated by a row of parked cars, parkways full of trees along streets and also down the middle in raised 10' planters, clearly maintained crosswalks with signage stuck in the middle of the street, bike-share, car-share and viable train and bus transit to allow people like me to live comfortably without a car for many years....

I haven't been to New Haven for a while; used to live in Stamford. But I'd guess the bad drivers you see are either college kids living there temporarily, or suburbanites visiting for the day....neither group accustomed to sharing the road. Perhaps you should suggest that your mayor visit Chicago! :-)
Jan 28, 2016 4:39 PM # 
From now on you two should be holding hands while crossing the street.
Jan 28, 2016 7:27 PM # 
Good advice, coach.
Feb 1, 2016 1:26 AM # 
Yikes! Please take care of our Miss Rhonda. We all love her dearly.

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