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j4 From: j4 Date: November 15th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
playing by the rules (in this case unwritten ones)

I'm fairly sure "Stop on red, go on green" is written down all over the place...? :-} To me it's mostly a question of being predictable to other road users; waiting for the lights to change is more predictable than dashing across through traffic. (If there's genuinely nobody else within sight on the road to see you crossing against the lights, then it's a bit of a tree-falling-in-the-woods situation...)

I think I'm now a slightly better person than when I got up this morning.

I can't tell if you're being sarcastic I'm afraid... :-} I just hope I haven't annoyed you too much!
bjh21 From: bjh21 Date: November 15th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, so you'd also deprecate crossing at or near a Pelican crossing without pressing the button at all? That seems so far from normal behaviour around here that I'd not even considered it.

It wasn't intended to be sarcastic, and you haven't annoyed me at all. I like understanding how road users perceive one another's behaviour, especially when I'm the other.
j4 From: j4 Date: November 15th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not really in a position to deprecate anything. Most people I see round town just run across blithely between the cars, usually while doing something else (texting, talking, phoning, smoking, drinking coffee, etc), occasionally stopping to shout abuse at cyclists. (As far as I can tell "normal behaviour" in most places is to behave like a selfish & antisocial arsehole wherever possible.)

Personally, I press the button and wait for the lights to change before crossing, unless there is really no traffic approaching. But most people I talk to seem to think this is completely stupid. *shrug*
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