"Loved your post about pedestrian safety. I have also become more pedestrian aware since we moved. A huge portion of residents here don't have a car and walk/bus everywhere. Also, limited and inconsistent sidewalks. Add to that our 5hrs of day light in the winter and you have an entire region that's crazy about pedestrian visibility.
There are huge billboards on the freeways reminding people to wear reflectors when they walk. Children's coats and bags are designed with huge reflective strips on the arms and legs. Adults have dangling reflectors on bags and coats. Bicyclists always wear yellow or orange vests if they're on the roads."
|My friend's son, wearing his vest on a walk....|
|... and his first grade class wearing safety vests while on a field trip.|
I am planning to get Tucker a safety vest made for kids, as well as a safety whip or two so that Calvin can contribute to pedestrian visibilty from the stroller. I think he'll like waving these at the traffic as we enter the sidewalk-less, speedbump-less, crosswalk-less school property.
If money was no obstacle, I'd get the Cadillac of safety whips. Think if we walked with a couple of these that people would get the message that they should slow down, be aware of walkers and actually yield to them? Or do you think this sounds like overkill? Well, on vacation last year, we saw newly-installed flag containers for pedestrians to wave at drivers while they crossed the street to get to the beach, near Tampa, Florida.
If the rest of the world considers walking a reasonable mode of transportation, why can't we? Come on, south-of-Birmingham.... [push play]....