My guess is that you generally ignore Yield to Pedestrians signs. Â
Even if one is placed in the middle of Lincoln Memorial Drive or prominently at the Riverwalk, you probably see it but ignore it and let the walkers wait.Â Most do.Â Iâ€™m not judging. Â Â
I donâ€™t ignore these signs.Â Yet, usually when I stop at them I get a finger or honk from the car behind me.Â Whatever, dude.Â Iâ€™m in the right, youâ€™re being a jerk.Â OK, jerkâ€™s a bit strong.Â But really, stop for the pedestrians.Â Youâ€™re not in that much of a hurry. Â Â Â
Great cities are built for people.Â Yes, cars, streetcars, busses, buildings, etc. are vital, but cities need to first function on a walkable, human scale.Â Thus, itâ€™s important to find ways to soften traffic and for us to stop for pedestrians.Â Obeying the law, of course, also is important. Â
Maybe my passion around pedestrian safety stems from my Downtown lifestyle.Â I lived on Wells St. in Downtown Milwaukee for nearly a decade and saw how cars disobeyed signs and stripes and consistently put pedestrians at risk. Â It made me not only fight for better signs and enforcement, but also to get the street changed to two-way traffic. Â
I love my car and drive it well and fast.Â So, maybe since I consistently break the speed limit laws while obeying the stop for pedestrian laws Iâ€™m a bit of hypocrite.Â Whatever. Â
My point here is please stop for pedestrians.Â And, when youâ€™re walking be smart and donâ€™t tempt traffic. Great walkability makes for a better city and thatâ€™s something we can all cheer for.Â
You're being too timid by saying that you don't judge people that don't stop/yield to pedestrians. I certainly do. These people are @-holes, plain and simple.
In places that have evolved into wonderfully walkable places, you don't think twice about these things. In fact cars stop for pedestrians if they look like they're even thinking about crossing the street. I was amazed to see this in Switzerland, among other places.
Here, apparently if you're driving a car your time and life is more important than others. That mentality needs to change, for so many reasons.
I agree 100%, and I stop for pedestrians. I have had cars pull around me, honk, and yell -- but stopping for pedestrians is the law and just makes sense. I also want to add two suggestions for pedestrians (that I practice when I am walking.) First, make it look like you want to cross the street. Make eye contact and stand by the curb. And, second, don't cross and talk. Put down the cell phone while you cross the street. It will make you more aware and also minimize distractions. I have actually seen people stop in the middle of the crosswalk to make a point to the person they were talking to on the phone. Both drivers and pedestrians need to pay attention.
Motorists just need to slow down, period, when they're driving through crowded areas. Always yield to the more vulnerable road users. You can afford to spare those two seconds since you'll probably be waiting at a stop light soon enough anyway.
4 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Jeff Sherman
Published May 2, 2016
I knew I had lost it. I went for a walk last Saturday and took only my phone and debit card. The phone was for some podcast catch up and the debit card for a quick stop at the grocery store on the way home.
Published April 22, 2016
Eating and drinking inside the Milwaukee Public Museum isn't usually allowed. But for events like Moveable Feast and, of course, the annual Food & Froth Festival, it's embraced, encouraged and wonderful.
Published April 20, 2016
As plans for a new Grand Avenue continue to develop, which grocer would be the best for the heart of Downtown Milwaukee? Which store do you want on Wisconsin Avenue?
Published April 18, 2016
Brian D. Till is the James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration at Marquette University, a position he has held since July 2015. Jeff Sherman sat down with him recently to talk about MU, Milwaukee, business education and more.
Published April 13, 2016
"Cheap drinks, Midwestern soul food and a sensibility that incorporates equal parts worldliness with small-town friendliness." This is how a new New York Times' Frugal Traveler feature on Milwaukee ends. Quite fitting, I'd say.
Published April 6, 2016
Amazon Prime members in Charlotte, Cincinnati, Fresno, Louisville, Nashville, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Stockton, Tucson and right here in Milwaukee can now enjoy unlimited same day delivery.
Published March 18, 2016
Milwaukee's changing. You could argue it's changed for the better and a bit of the worse over the past 20 years. While the good and some of the bad may be at odds, that's OK if our challenges are being addressed and tackled with vigor and creativity.
Published Feb. 19, 2016
To help in the fight for a cure for breast cancer, I'm sporting a pink wig and fashioning myself as a "Big Wig." Sure, I shaved my head many moons ago and have no need hair. Yet, my Emo Philips-inspired wig is means serious business and I'm asking that you help me raise important funds.
Published Feb. 5, 2016
The new Shorewood Metro Market, 4075 N. Oakland Ave., opens Feb. 16, less than a year after the company bulldozed its old Pick 'N Save location that stood just north of the new building.
Published Jan. 28, 2016
The Milwaukee Muddpie, a pizza featuring chicken, pepperoni, bacon, BBQ sauce, ranch, jalapenos and banana peppers will debut Friday at the Bucks vs. Heat game. It was created by five team members.