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Jaywalking? More like wait-walking

September 3, 2013
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer (apotter@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

Jaywalkers are running wild downtown. Oh no, I shouldn't say running as that would make it easier for motorists.

I should say they are creeping along at a snail's pace on Main Street. It seems it's getting more and more prevalent on Main Street in our fair city.

When someone is using the crosswalk, I am all for safety and for them taking their time crossing the road.

But I get frustrated when I see people jaywalking in the middle of the road taking their own sweet time to get where they are going. In the meantime, I have to slow down in my car from the slow speed I was already traveling downtown.

Some of these jaywalkers have an attitude too. Some look at me with attitude as if to say "how dare you drive on a road." Then there are some who cross the street and never even look if any cars are coming.

I realize due to where people park and where they need to cross downtown, reaching a crosswalk is not the most ideal situation in all cases. That means some level of jaywalking is inevitable. I've been known to do it, but I can tell you I don't take my time when I do.

I know there are some people even crankier than me out there as one guy revved his engine while I crossed the road one time.

It's the kind of walking that slows everyone else down that I don't like. It takes long enough with stop signs on every corner to get through Main Street with my car without having to slow down for someone who apparently feels Main Street is a pedestrian walkway.

And a slow one at that.

I think last week's heat exacerbated the situation as walkers were moving even slower than usual across the street.

I guess we all have to coexist in this town and I can learn to be more tolerable. But if you are capable of reaching an extra gear when you cross the road (like faster than Frankenstein), it might be beneficial to us all.

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Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or apotter@timesrepublican.com

 
 

 

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