Pedestrians on Queen Street in Toronto – photo by deena mephistopheles
Linwood Barclay from the Huffington Post Canada wrote a brilliantly hilarious satire piece about how pedestrians are infringing on drivers’ right to unimpeded access to our streets.
From the article:
Say what you will about Toronto Mayors Rob and Doug Ford, their latest proposal really has a lot going for it. “The Happy Car: A Five-point Plan to Keep City Vehicles Safe from Pedestrians” really nails it, as far as I’m concerned.
The Fords understand that happy cars and happy drivers make for a happy city. And while there are any number of things that can contribute to the unhappiness of a car and its driver — high gas prices, tree sap, bicycles — the pedestrian is right there at the top of the list.
Paying a buck and a half for a litre of unleaded is only annoying when you’re at the pump. Tree sap’s only a problem if you’ve parked on a tree-lined street. And bicycles, well, okay, they are a frequent pain in the butt, but they’re still distant second to pedestrians.
Barclay points out how ridiculous it is for pedestrians to think they have a God-given right to cross the street on a walk signal:
Yes, actual human beings wandering around Toronto wherever the hell they want claim the top spot because you ALWAYS having to keep your eye out for them. I don’t know how many times, while nipping around the city, I’ve been unable to tap in the last word of a text message because someone was sticking his hand out at a crosswalk.
Read the full article here.
On a more serious note, two women pedestrians are now fighting for their lives after being hit by cars in two separate incidents in Toronto yesterday. I posted a note about this on Twitter and captured some of the reactions here: