Edmonton VisionZero Quiz #6

The rudest intersection I encounter as a pedestrian is on 103 Ave and 124 St in Edmonton. Hands down. It is typically choked with angry traffic. Vans don't yield. SUVs don't yield. Bus drivers and a dude in a military jacket with the Canadian flag on the shoulder don't yield.

But this morning felt different. It was Canada Day and the intersection was virtually empty. There was just me, walking my bicycle in the intersection while flashing yellow lights flashed. And only one vehicle anywhere else to be seen.

Date: Edmonton, July 1, 2016

Encounter:  I have pushed the crosswalk lights and gotten about half way across the street, moving east to west.

Your VisionZero question: Does the motorcycle driver yield to the pedestrian as required by law?

As always, no wagering please.

Here is your answer: 

Yes, I didn't have to break stride. And, yes, I didn't have to jump out of the way. Nothing dramatic happened. And that is the point. Not yielding to pedestrians has become so mundane. Pedestrians expect these affronts. They don't register anymore.

How did we ever get to the point where pedestrians consented to this inequality?


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