Tuesday night as I was driving south on Alma around 5:25pm, the car in front of me swerved and stopped short as we approached Forest. After a few seconds later, I saw one man crossing Alma there in that crosswalk. That crosswalk has no light, no stop sigh, no lights, just white stripes on the ground and a sign. The guy crossing the street could hardly be bothered to look up from his phone and indeed, it was a reflection from his phone that allowed me to see him as he was dressed head to toe in black. He was the invisible pedestrian if there ever was one, and a stupid one at that. I fully realize that pedestrians have the right of way, but really, crossing a poorly lit street in the dark, dressed in black, more concerned about your phone than 4 lanes of traffic? In the contest of cars vs people, people always loose and get crushed. Unfortunate, but sadly true.
Last night, I witnessed a similar incident. This time a woman in dark clothes weaving in-between cars, no where near a crosswalk, looking rather indignant at all the traffic that didn't stop to acknowledge her lunacy.
Why is the crosswalk across Alma at Forest without a stop light? Why do people dressed in black assume drivers can see them when they are simply invisible?
I won't go into the guy riding ever so slowly in a recumbent bike going north on Alma the other night. Seemingly oblivious to the auto traffic backed up all around him. Hello! There is a really nice bike route a few blocks over, it's on Bryant.