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Old 03-28-2011, 01:38 PM
 
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two huge signs in front of our house and the old Park Place school that state "Yield to Peds in Crosswalk".
All of which will likely be joined in the near future by a school speed limit and the hefty fines & points which come from ignoring it. To which I say amen, given how many people roar down that stretch of Braddock.
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Old 03-28-2011, 01:41 PM
 
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I might start carrying around an aluminum bat so I can let some cars know exactly how I feel about it.
Nah, just slap the car - that way when the idiot screeches to a halt and gets out, he's the one charged with simple assault, making terroristic threats, etc., etc.
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Old 03-28-2011, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Jaywalking is alive and well everywhere in Pittsburgh.

But I agree with SCR that most of Pittsburgh's jaywalkers are considerate of cars and dart across quickly.

Only a small percentage of our jaywalkers stop traffic by santering across the street in front of moving cars.
When some moron has the nerve to do that, I just blast the horn at them and flip out on them. It gets me angry when people do something as reckless as strolling across the street when I car with a green light is going down the street.
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Old 03-28-2011, 01:44 PM
 
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Nah, just slap the car - that way when the idiot screeches to a halt and gets out, he's the one charged with simple assault, making terroristic threats, etc., etc.
That's the point at which I want the bat.

Besides, it isn't my fault if he runs his vehicle into my bat (the aforementioned points about physics apply to a stationary bat and moving two-ton vehicle).
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Old 03-28-2011, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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two huge signs in front of our house and the old Park Place school that state "Yield to Peds in Crosswalk".
I'm always surprised how many drivers completely ignore the crosswalks in Schenley Park. I cut through the park on the way to work, and I'm super aware of cyclists and joggers and pedestrians (it is a park, after all.)
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Old 03-28-2011, 01:52 PM
 
Location: ELFS
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There's actually a mid-block crosswalk that is VERY well-marked along Forbes Avenue between Shady and Murray.
At which 75% of vehicles routinely fail to stop at, which I know because I lived a couple of blocks from Upstreet for ten years.

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I REFUSE to yield to any jaywalkers along that stretch of Forbes for that reason.
You're going to hit someone with your vehicle? I just want to be clear on that. You would actually hit someone who dared to walk in front of you?
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Old 03-28-2011, 01:52 PM
 
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I'm always surprised how many drivers completely ignore the crosswalks in Schenley Park. I cut through the park on the way to work, and I'm super aware of cyclists and joggers and pedestrians (it is a park, after all.)
Yep, especially the crosswalk in front of Phipps. Commuters treat that road like a superhighway, and I can't count the times I've seen some poor mom with a stroller having to run to make it over to the Flagstaff Hill side.

In fact, there are several great spots around Phipps for a speed trap and it's a target-rich environment but I don't recall ever seeing a cruiser there.
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Old 03-28-2011, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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I've never known the city cops to run too many speed traps. It may happen, but I haven't seen it. It's more likely in the suburbs.
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Old 03-28-2011, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Swisshelm Park
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Yep, especially the crosswalk in front of Phipps. Commuters treat that road like a superhighway, and I can't count the times I've seen some poor mom with a stroller having to run to make it over to the Flagstaff Hill side.

In fact, there are several great spots around Phipps for a speed trap and it's a target-rich environment but I don't recall ever seeing a cruiser there.
My only speeding ticket ever in Pittsburgh was in front of Phipps. The police were using Vascar and there were more cars being pulled over than being allowed through. Now this was in 1994, so if they're on a 17-year cycle for trap locations, they are due. They won't get me this time, though. I hope I'm a better driver than I was then, and I certainly go slower in pedestrian zones now than I did when I was in college and knew everything .
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Old 03-28-2011, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Yeah
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I think I'll start smacking cars if they're going slow enough.

Putting all jokes aside, I have put my fist and foot print SOLIDLY in to the side of multiple vehicles over the past year. I also was running along East End Avenue last summer and this girl had just got in her car, sped away from her parking spot and went to make a right turn on to Brashear with.....me one foot in the cross walk. Adrenaline kicked in and she got blasted with my water bottle Nolan Ryan style. The sound was so loud a number of the residents came out to see if I was ok. It's amazing how these brave souls who think they can intimidate pedestrians become scared little wussies when confronted. And for those who still insist on ignoring pedestrians and their rights..........remember, that runner/walker, or pedestrian in general you see in your neighborhood, you know, the one that you thought you could scare by accelerating forcefully shortly after they cross? Yeah, they just might live in your neighborhood. And some have an extremely photographic memory.
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