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Most countries I've been to people just cross when it's clear. But not up here in the Nordic countries. Oh no, we wait for green man. We wait forever if needed.

6th March 2013

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2 years ago #9641755        
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We do that in Canada too. A friend and I were walking along the deserted downtown core of Vancouver late at night after a movie once, chatting as we went, and stopped and waited for the crosswalk signal without cluing in that there was absolutely no traffic to be seen in any direction until someone else came up behind us and crossed the street without breaking stride, ha ha.

Meanwhile, during the day there, people pretty much play 'tag' with the cars and cross anywhere they damned well feel like it, which is taking your life in your hands.

In Halifax on the East Coast, though, a lot of pedestrians get hit (and often killed) because everyone in Nova Scotia drives *very* nicely and will stop and *wait* for you to get to the crosswalk if it looks like you're headed that way. Except in Halifax, there's so much extra stuff on the sidewalks and cars parked on the side of the road and stuff that one can't see the pedestrians very well until they're in the street, and the non-Haligonians have been trained to expect traffic to automatically stop for them and too often step out into it without looking first.

2 years ago #9511936        
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And this is why: http://satwcomic.com/walking-the-thin-line :)

3 years ago #9419752        
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To true! LOL

bubba

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4 years ago #9247122        
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Not in Iceland. We cross the street if empty. And we do not even use the zebra crossing "walk-here" lines, nor cross straight over. We only use those when there are "lots" of cars t.i. the streets are busy....

5 years ago #9112132        
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I often wait forever, but I sometimes am too lazy to do that when the road is as empty as in the lower picture. However, if there is a way, I avoid places like that and cross the street at a different spot where there are no lights, only a crosswalk. I usually am almost the only person who waits for the light to turn green when everyone else crosses the road...

kongo16

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5 years ago #9080434        
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thats a 100% true

Miri_Me

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5 years ago #9055106        
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In fairness, outside of London, it's less of a crazy dash between traffic :-) But yeah, if it's clear/there's a large enough gap, most people will just cross, regardless of what the lights are doing.

5 years ago #9041372        
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Oh, that SO reminds me of Garrison Kielor.


5 years ago #8995940        
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Pffffft. This concept of "crosswalks" amuses me!
(People here hate waiting for them, so they just jaywalk. A lot. Emphasis on 'walk'. When I'm driving and I see said people, my brain is screaming "At least RUN, you IDIOTS! DON'T YOU KNOW THIS CITY DOESN'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT PEDESTRIANS")

We're tame compared to Rome, though. Yet, I feel as though in Rome it makes a weird sort of instinctive sense.... Here its just sheer stupidity.

5 years ago #8984185        
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not in goa Göteborg (Good old Gothenburg)

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