Hey pedestrians – stop breaking the law!

pedestrian crossing rules

Quick quiz: do I have to stop for pedestrians waiting at a crosswalk?

Answer: mostly not. Let me explain…

I am both an avid car driver and an avid walker. I drive over 50,000 miles a year. And we walk a ton of miles on weekends on our weekly getaways.

So, I am on both sides of the fence here. I have no skin in the game.

With that said, it drives me CRAZY when pedestrians break the law and jump into a crosswalk to force vehicles to screech to a halt. It is dangerous for both pedestrians and motorists.

And jumping into a crosswalk is against the law (mostly)…

Because according to this pedestrian crossing state summary, the laws says:

Pedestrians may not suddenly leave the curb and enter a crosswalk into the path of a moving vehicle that is so close the vehicle is unable to yield.

Technically, some states have slightly different verbiage – like:

Pedestrians may not suddenly leave the curb and enter a crosswalk into the path of a moving vehicle that is so close to constitute an immediate hazard.

Virginia’s position on pedestrians and vehicles is less wordy… more direct:

Pedestrians may not enter or cross an intersection in disregard of approaching traffic.

Wisconsin takes the cake with this super-wordy, run-on sentence:

Pedestrians, bicyclists, and operators of a personal assistive mobility device may not suddenly leave the curb and enter a crosswalk into the path of a moving vehicle that is so close the vehicle is unable to yield.

This personal injury lawyer sums this issue up nicely:

If you are a pedestrian already IN the crosswalk and trying to cross the street, the law states that the driver must stop and allow you to cross.

If you are a pedestrian standing on the curb AT a crosswalk, the driver does not have to stop and allow you to cross.

Now:

There are 7 states and one “district” that have held out so far. They do not have laws protecting motorists from insane “jump-crosswalken’ pedestrians”. Instead, these states allow pedestrians to dash in front of 2- to 3-ton vehicles to save 5 seconds of their life:

– Arkansas
– Connecticut
– Iowa
– Louisiana
– Massachusetts
– Mississippi
– North Carolina
– Washington, D.C.

By the way: this is why pedestrian crossings in the middle of the street is beyond insane – watch this close call:

Here is the proper way to design bike lanes

One thing that drives me crazy is how poorly designed bike lanes are here in the good ol’ USA.

But:

The good news is this clever intersection design can fix it all…

This brilliant video reveals how we can take a standard city crossroad and make it bike-, pedestrian- and car-friendly. City planners need to watch this video ASAP:

How to find airport codes in a mouseclick

Looking for a particular airport code or the city it is associated with?

At this airport code lookup site, start typing the location and boom – up comes a list of matching airport codes.

Fun fact: when we find the airport code we are looking for, this nifty site tells us how the code was created. For example, Orlando’s MCO airport code was originally a military airfield known as McCOy Airforce Base.

Question: Is Portofino the most amazing place to visit on earth?

Yes. It is true. Portofino, Italy is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Whatever creator made this fishing village on the Italian Riviera coastline was having a fantastic day.

Portofino features pastel-colored houses, high-end shops and seafood restaurants. A small, cobbled square overlooks the harbor (which is always lined with super-yachts).

Portofino is the place we all dream about. And I REALLY REALLY want to visit this place ASAP… especially after watching this FunForLouis vlog about Portofino: