The Crosswalk on Campus, part II

I get extremely irritated while standing at the bus stop in front of this light on campus.(This is an old issue of mine; I posted about it earlier, here.) It makes me happy that not all these people are pedestrians, but it also makes me think that these people’s lack of observance are what makes the roads more dangerous.

These people will walk up to the crosswalk on campus. It’s dark and traffic is scarce, but there is a very small rush of cars down this street because everyone’s just gotten out of their night classes. There is also a very small rush of cars up the street as well; these are the custodians arriving to do their jobs.

These people are part of that small rush. Each of these individuals, however, do not look right and left to see if there are cars coming, and then simply cross if there is not. Neither do they wait on the well-lit sidewalk for one or two cars to pass before they cross themselves. No, these people each individually push the button on the lightpost, wait for the light to turn red specifically for them, cross, and make one car wait needlessly for the light to turn green again.

The light was installed for heavy traffic times like 10 AM or 8:30 AM, when there is constant traffic, but when there is also a large crowd of people gathering on either side of the street to come or go. The light is timed for that large group of people to cross. If the road engineers meant for the pedestrians to solely use the light, they would not have painted a huge crosswalk across the road as well. The crosswalk is for use between classes, when there’s no one walking and only the occasional car, or for late at night, coming home from work or class.

You might argue for a safety and visilibity at night, but this specific area is very obviously lit. If one travels all the way up this particular street, it’s the only place on said street that is lit this brightly.

Yep. Inobservant people irritate me.

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About The Original Kate

Along with artistic tendencies, Kate enjoys unusual people and is constantly striving for some sort of nonconformity. Kate offers a perspective that is thoughtful but well-written and full of images within the words. Other tidbits that might intrigue: she has very long auburn hair, and, you guessed it, her favorite color is orange.

Posted on November 8, 2007, in From Rabid-Mormon Land Known As Utah. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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