In Cambridge Massachusetts and its affluent outlying suburbs, these days cars are second class citizens. Peds think nothing of jay walking, and motorists almost always give them right of way when they do. Sometimes, peds get aggressive about it, charging across the street en mass just as the light turns green, with looks of entitlement upon their faces. Across from Harvard Yard, peds parade in front of cars turning onto or off of Massachusetts Avenue, oblivious to how many cars they are forcing to wait for minutes on end. Amazingly, I haven’t seen road rage arise from this behavior. The motorists seem to turn the other cheek, or tire, as the case may be.
There was a time when I would have considered this to be the proper order, but now I often find myself waving my arms like windmills to let a motorist know that I really really really mean to let them go first.
One problem with this behavior that might concern Cantabridgians if it were to cross their minds is all the extra greenhouse gases that spew vainly into the atmosphere while cars wait for the peds to pass.
I like that motorists give consideration to pedestrians. But I think that consideration should be returned. All of which raises questions about interactions between motorists and pedestrians. What do you think?