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Make way for pedestrians

How can I start, or join, a public action committee or collective action group focusing on the needs and rights of pedestrians? A social support group or listserv would be OK too. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jan 26, 2014 - 11 answers

Hey! I'm walkin' here!

What should a pedestrian do if hit by a car? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jan 16, 2013 - 25 answers

Sydney or Melbourne as a "Walking City"?

Sydney vs Melbourne as a pedestrian paradise: I am a sociologist doing a study which involves observing pedestrians/window shoppers/etc. I am based in New York City, which is fantastic for my field of work. In Feb/March, I plan to go to Australia for two months, to either Sydney or Melbourne. I have never been to Australia before. QUESTION: Which city has more of a "pedestrian culture"? That is, which is more of a "walking city?" (If you know New York City, my favorite place to observe is Union Square -- I am looking for a comparable location.) Would prefer a place filled with locals, not tourists. Thanks!
posted by laswingkid on Nov 27, 2011 - 18 answers

I know the shoulder looks like a sidewalk, but it's really not

What are all these pedestrians doing on the freeway? [more inside]
posted by boobjob on Oct 28, 2011 - 25 answers

Hey, what the fuck, I'm walkin' here

How can I emphatically persuade the drivers in my 'hood to not kill me with their automobiles? Also, help me (rubs hands wickedly) exact my revenge. [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Jun 1, 2011 - 38 answers

One does not simply walk into Heathrow!

Is it possible for someone on foot to walk into Heathrow Airport? I was sure it was, a friend insists it isn't and according to this, the answers are a mixed bag (and four years out of date). Has anyone done this recently or work there and can confirm one way or the other?
posted by Biru on Nov 4, 2010 - 9 answers

What is the correct distance in the middle of the block?

Parking regulations (New York State): If there is a crosswalk in the middle of the block, how close you are legally allowed to park your car? Also, definition of "Pedestrian Safety Zone". [more inside]
posted by Doggiebreath on Jul 5, 2010 - 3 answers

It's all in the hand.

[pedestrian-filter] According to a news-story in Swedens leading paper, there's a hidden, religious symbol in a ordinary pedestrian sign - a symbol that get's taped over in islamic countries. Calling all pedestrians to verify or falisfy this claim. [more inside]
posted by Rabarberofficer on Aug 22, 2008 - 8 answers

Where's the best city for living 100% car-free?

Where's the best city for living 100% car-free? Is there an affordable walker's paradise? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Jul 22, 2008 - 68 answers

Press Button to Cross

How does the button on the pedestrian crossing lights work? Does it actually send some sort of signal to the traffic lights, or is it just a psychological thing? It seems rather random timing-wise.
posted by divabat on May 14, 2008 - 21 answers

Why do some drivers flash their hazard lights when seeing a pedestrian?

What's up with drivers turning on their hazard lights when stopping for a pedestrian? [more inside]
posted by ORthey on May 12, 2008 - 25 answers

I was run over, should I take legal action? If so, how?

So I was crossing the street right after work in the crosswalk, on a green walk sign. A cab was making a left turn, ran into me, knocked me down, and then ran over my foot! The worst part was that he stopped ON TOP OF MY FOOT, wth?! So he gets out of the car to check on me and i'm on the ground screaming bloody murder- BACK THE F OFF MY FOOT- pretty funny when i re-tell it now since miraculously (doctor's words) I was spared from any major injury! [more inside]
posted by flaneuse on Feb 1, 2008 - 18 answers

Travelling to NYC for a week. Advise me how to keep my legs from running out of steam!

I'm going to be going to visit my best friend in NYC for a week, in a week. Last time I went for a weekend, I wore Payless shoes and went cross borough and wound up limping and having cankles as a result. I am a lot more sedentary in Arizona than I used to be back east-- and I am looking for suggestions of how to keep this trip as painfree as possible. [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Dec 7, 2007 - 22 answers

Where in the US does the police interrogate pedestrians?

Where in the US does walking make the police suspicious? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Aug 10, 2006 - 33 answers

Walking on to ferries at Dover

Can you walk on to a ferry at Dover? And about how much might it cost? [more inside]
posted by jb on Feb 11, 2006 - 8 answers

What should a recently struck pedestrian keep in mind?

My friend's dad was hit by a taxi while walking in San Francisco. He's in the emergency room now with what may be long term injuries and we want to make sure to do the right thing. [more inside]
posted by jragon on Aug 31, 2005 - 6 answers

how do pedestrians avoid obstacles?

Can anyone point me to scholarly articles/resources on the way pedestrians navigate through a scene? I'm specifically interested in the "flow" of pedestrians around obstacles. [more inside]
posted by handee on Jul 18, 2005 - 13 answers

Red-light runners

As a pissed-off pedestrian and all-too-frequent near-victim of vehicular homicide, what can I do in the way of inflicting public shame (or, at the very least, education) on drivers who run red lights? (Without resorting to violence. Or childish name-calling.)
posted by PrinceValium on Oct 25, 2004 - 30 answers

Preparing for Cicadas

Cicadas will attack (well, not attack, but annoy) the Eastern United States starting in about a month. What kinds of things are people doing to prepare, and for a pedestrian and cyclist, are there any recommendations for keeping these things out of my hair (literally)? [more inside]
posted by benjh on Apr 19, 2004 - 14 answers

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