Feeling Empowered

I must say I am pleasantly surprised by the personal impact (on me) of the new crosswalks on NW 23rd.

Now I’m a fairly assertive pedestrian. I’ll walk out into a crosswalk if there is a reasonable gap and hold out my hand to stop the cars (as is my right under Oregon law if they are more than 50 feet from the intersection). Interestingly that gesture is now in the process of being encapsulated in Oregon law.

Anyway, what I find with the new crosswalks is that I’m doing this more frequently, and with the cars perhaps a little closer. It’s as though the crosswalks have shifted the balance of power between me and the cars.

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