Green traffic lights are mostly bait for collisions these days. The ludicrous assumption most drivers make that they can just proceed through an intersection when the light turns green, needs some updating for California especially. GREEN MEANS WATCH OUT FOR RED LIGHT RUNNERS, WHEELCHAIR RIDERS, BICYCLISTS, SCOOTER FLYERS, PEDESTRIANS, SKATEBOARDERS, JAYWALKERS, ROLLERBLADERS, LEFT OR RIGHT TURNERS, JOGGERS, AND POGO STICK HOPPERS – THEN GO. California, with its delicious climate, is riddled with people propelled by almost anything. I myself was a red light runner one night as it turned out some extra tall fat truck turning right had brushed into a traffic signal, causing it to twist on its pole and display green in the opposite direction than it should have – that night my neighborhood intersection was displaying green lights to both directions due to signal lights on both corners. I did report this to the police shortly after my close call – but aren’t trucks and cars wonderful?????
I know a lot of you activists out there think green is the greatest – whether we are talking political correctness, cash, marijuana, or the forests – but do not throw caution to the wind unless you want to wind up flying through a windshield.
Bike blogger’s words of wisdom for June 23, 2005
“He knows not how to speak who cannot be silent.... Loudness is impotence.” -- Johann Kasper Lavater (1741-1801)