Pedestrians need to get back to the basics

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, November 24, 2006

I am both surprised and horrified at the blatant lack of consideration that pedestrians in Juneau have had for the conditions of the roadways during this most recent storm. On several trips up and down the hill that is Main Street, I have noticed and been involved in several incidents in which pedestrians have taken it upon themselves to scurry across the crosswalks completely oblivious to traffic coming toward them. This, in turn, causes the motorist to be forced to stop on an ice- and snow-covered hill and run the risk of an accident or, in the best-case scenario, getting stuck.

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I am all for the old adage, "Pedestrians have the right of way," but I am completely opposed to people on foot creating that way by darting out in front of oncoming traffic. If every car was meant to stop at every crosswalk in this or any other town, wouldn't it be safe to assume that there would be a series of stop signs at every crosswalk? I have not noticed these signs, at least not on Main Street.

I urge pedestrians in Juneau, to go back to the earliest lesson you were taught as a child about crossing the street: stop and look both ways.

Patrick Walter


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