If you are walking and need to cross a road which has traffic lights do you ever walk when the signal is red? If there are no cars around and it is safe to cross the road, do you still wait until the signal turns green?
I was traveling up a wide 4 lane road. coming in the opposite direction were a number of cars flashing their headlights. Looking across at them trying to work out why they were flashing, I failed to notice the swans crossing in front of me. Tragically I ran over these birds. In my defense, if I was not distracted by the oncoming traffic flashing their lights, I would have seen the crossing animals and been able to stop for them.
I am not a risk taker so I wait for the green man. Having said that, there is a road I cross occasionally which has traffic lights but the road system has changed so the pedestrian lights aren't needed now. I will walk against the red there because no cars ever go across the pedestrian crossing now.
In our city often it is safer to cross when the lights are red but about to go green as that way there are no cars turning right that you have to watch out for. We have lots of crazy tourist drivers in our city that don't realise they have to give way to the pedestrians.
No, I don’t. I’m trying to live to be 100 so I get that special birthday message from the Queen, who would have died anyway, by the time I turn 100, so it will be from the King, by then I guess.
And yes, I do still wait if it’s red, & there’s no cars. “Better wait than dead” I say to my self.
Only when the coast is very clear, but here in Melbourne, there are many pedestrian crossings that dont allow enough to get to the other side of the street especially if a wide street or dual carriageway! Too bad if you are slow or elderly!
I don't like to but where I live now I consider it to be necessary sometimes. I have lived in and visited many cities and towns but this is the first time I have found that some intersections will not provide a WALK signal unless you get there soon enough to push a button to request it, and, of course, that you are aware of the requirement. I have watched the reactions of many people who are unaware. It is not pretty.
Can you believe that this city has a goal to be a 'walkable' city, yet I have never seen this issue mentioned?