Of course, there are a lot of good pedestrians, but the ones who don’t wait until they can cross without making a car stop, waddle across so slowly that crawling would be faster, or start walking when the pedestrian light is flashing and there are eight cars lined up to make a right or left turn are the ones who really annoy me (“City is getting too dangerous to walk in,” Mailbag, April 19).
I push a walk button only when I feel the intersection is too dangerous to take any chances. At most lights, I wait for a car to trip the signal, and then I cross quickly. That prevents drivers from having to wait longer for the walk light, which I don’t need.
When I walk the neighborhood streets, I come to a corner at the same time a car does. I know in most cases, even if I have not stepped off the curb, the driver thinks I am going and will wait for me. I don’t even wave the driver on, because he or she will then wave back, and we get into a contest of letting the other go first. Before it can get to that point, I just turn my back on the driver and pretend I am interested in something else so he thinks I am not about to cross and goes on. Then I go.