Comment 37550

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted January 28, 2010 at 15:48:09

I have to back up Jason on this one.

I grew up in Vancouver and lived there for over twenty years. The convention in Vancouver was indeed that cars would stop (in both directions) whenever a pedestrian looked like he wanted to cross the street. This convention is slipping a bit, but drivers are still far more courteous to pedestrians out west.

My father moved to Vancouver from Montreal in 1960, and one of the big culture shocks was seeing how all the cars stopped when he started to cross the street!

I am amazed how many drivers in Hamilton and Toronto consider that any pedestrian foolish enough to venture onto the pavement is a fair target, and better jump quick to get out of their way. They don't seem to realize that although pedestrians slowing them down is annoying, their behaviour is endangering someone else's life.

Even Parisian drivers know that they must stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk (although it annoys them, and they will try to intimidate you out of crossing). What's more, they will notice that pedestrian since driving in Paris requires full attention all the time.

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