Trying to Safely Cross the Street

“HEY!!! YOU DON’T HAVE THE LIGHT!!!

It was one of those uneventful mornings after an equally uneventful trip to my local grocery store on Broadway, on the Upper West Side in New York City. I waited until the light had changed for me to be able to cross a particularly wide stretch of Broadway. The cars and trucks had stopped, since they had a red light. A large truck was stopped in the last lane. That’s significant because the truck blocked my view of a bicyclist riding one of those (wretched) electric bikes in a narrow passage of street to his left.

He blew into the crosswalk and came within inches of mowing me down. Luckily, he swerved just in time. It was a very close call.

Was this a moving violation? Well, that’s easy. There is something called the “New York City Department of Transportation TRAFFIC RULES”, Title 34, Chapter 4.

Specifically, for “Steady red alone” traffic signals, Section 4-03, says “Vehicular traffic facing such signal shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection…and shall remain standing until an indication to proceed is shown.”

There is also a definition of “Vehicle” : “A “vehicle” means every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, except devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.” Clearly, that electric bike is a vehicle.

Now, it begs the question of what to do to keep it from happening again…and again…and again.

One thought on “Trying to Safely Cross the Street

  1. Sorry to hear about your close call, but glad you got through unscathed, except for your nerves. THANKS TO YOUR REPORTING, AMY, I now have added another caveat to my guidelines for crossing a NYC street — as well as clearing my mind and fully focusing on the traffic around me, looking out especially for bikes, scooters, etc. IF I CAN’T SEE WHAT’S COMING IN A LANE I’M ABOUT TO CROSS ASSUME THE WORST — THAT A VEHICLE IS SPEEDING DOWN IT TOWARDS ME — AND PEER DOWN IT BEFORE STEPPING INTO IT! Stay Safe! Dorothy

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