Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Quick Note on Buses and Pedestrians

I don't want to spend too much time on the recent spate of injuries and deaths related to metro buses and trains, in part because I think too many of them are still being investigated so it is difficult to determine if their truly is a pattern or just a rash of bad luck. (However, I feel certain, the use of proper jaywalking rules would have at least helped.)
However, as I travelled downtown Friday, two pedestrians ran across the middle of the street right in front of the bus I was riding. The bus driver successfully missed them but he also pulled over and asked them if they had been paying attention to recent news. They pleaded ignorance and the driver informed them that several buses had hit pedestrians, and this could be reduced if pedestrians didn't insist on running in front of buses especially when road conditions were iffy. The pedestrians did apologize and were were all on our way.