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  1. Sean Patrick O'Brien
    Sean Patrick O'Brien April 22, 2010 at 4:50 pm . Reply

    The red-light-running is annoying. I’ve noticed that there’s no delay between when one direction’s light turns red and the other direction’s light turns green, so the perception is also a bit skewed. In other cities I’ve seen that there’s usually a ‘safe period’, where all directions have a red light in order to let the intersection clear before new traffic enters, but San Francisco (and maybe other cities in CA?) don’t seem to do this. Seems dangerous.

    1. Allison Blass
      Allison Blass April 22, 2010 at 6:08 pm . Reply

      1. I see cabbies do this all the time in NYC. It’s common for cars to run through yellow lights, so it might just look like they are running a red if it turns red while they’re going through. They shouldn’t do it though…

      3. That’s because most cities don’t have standard cab companies. They are different colors because they are different companies that run them. Usually they will say “taxi” on them somewhere, or will have a company name written on the side. And then of course, there is the style.

      6. That must be an SF thing too, because Portlanders definitely don’t wait. I jaywalked all the time growing up, although there’s definitely not a “OMG why aren’t you walking?” mentality in Portland either.

      7. Yes. People do walk slower everywhere else.

  2. tmana
    tmana April 22, 2010 at 8:32 pm . Reply

    Allison, some of my friends learned about jaywalking the hard way when we were in Cleveland in 1988. Yes, people do get ticketed for jaywalking. The new “Stop for Pedestrians” law in New Jersey subjects pedestrians to a $54 fine if they do not cross at the marked crosswalk. (The flip side of that coin is that many corners are either not marked with crosswalks, or the markings have worn away over time.)

    I’ve never been to Paris, but I’m told Parisians make New Yorkers look like they’re walking vvvvveeerrrrrrrrryyyyyyy sssllllooooooowwwwwwwwllllyyyyyy.

  3. dad
    dad April 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm . Reply

    soon you will walk slower, then, when you visit NY people will be walking by you. While in Hawaii for four weeks upon arrival, I was walking past everyone.After about two weeks, I was walking the same speed as everyone. near the end of the month, everyone was walking past me.

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