More on Pedestrian Safety
Pedestrian Safety – what does that mean exactly?
One of the top buzzwords or catch-phrases for our current time here in 2015 is “pedestrian safety.”
We used to think it was reckless drivers literally mowing people down left and right. That may have been true a decade or five ago, but now with almost every pedestrian heads-down on their smartphones, we think the opposite is true now. Pedestrians endanger themselves!
Even more so – other than providing stable walking surfaces free of sinkholes and venomous snake pits – how much “safety” does a community need? What happened to just being cautious?
See below how sentiments have changed in almost nine years…
Back in 2006 – it was “bad drivers”
(The post below was published back in November 2006. Before Fakebook and WhatsApp. We believed that pedestrians were alert, and drivers were to blame…)
Hoboken has it’s share of vehicular problems. Lack of parking, crappy garages, double parkers, and desperate and dangerous intersection parking. And crazy drivers that strike or nearly run over cyclists or pedestrians trying to cross the street. Motor vehicles seem to be a common “weapon” these days.
A reader sent this in today:
“Is it just me or are the drivers in Hoboken getting even worse and even crazier? I can’t even count how many times I’ve had to shout at drivers for going through a crosswalk or a stop sign, and then they shout (or curse) back at me as if I’m the one with the problem. Last week I was crossing the street at 6th and Garden with my 10 year old son. We were already into the crosswalk but the driver of a car that must have been going 30-40 mph down 6th Street either didn’t see us or didn’t care and came within inches of hitting my son. I rapped on the side of the car to get him to stop and the guy jammed on his brakes, came out of his car, cursed at me and pushed me. He then lifted his arms and came for my neck but luckily it was raining and I had an umbrella so I jabbed him in the gut with it and he stopped. Meanwhile there were other observers who called the Hoboken police. The guy drove away but someone got his license (NY plates). We waited in Lepore’s Chocolates for the police and the first thing they told me was that I could file assault charges but I would probably have to go to court five times and the guy would be lucky to walk away with a slap on the wrist–in other words, don’t bother.
Then just yesterday I was crossing Bloomfield and 5th with my wife and son when an SUV again came right into the crosswalk and barely missed us. I yelled at the guy “Take it easy” and he shouted back, “You take it easy, you f***in’ a**hole!” What was even sicker about this one was that there was a car backing into a space so the SUV driver could not have gone more than a few feet after he nearly clipped us. It’s almost like he went out of his way to prove that he had the right of way and we didn’t, even if he wasn’t going to gain an inch after doing that.
How many people are going to have to get killed or injured in this town before something is done about the reckless drivers?”