In her Oct. 31 column "A Pedestrian Explanation for Our Rampant Jaywalking" (Suburban editions) Samantha Bennett criticizes the jaywalking ways of Pittsburgh pedestrians. As a regular pedestrian, I have witnessed examples of what she describes, particularly in the University of Pittsburgh area and can understand her frustration. Yet there are those of us who walk in compliance with city regulations who are routinely terrorized by vehicles turning rapidly into our path when we are crossing with a green or walk light.
Recently I was walking along Panther Hollow Road and was waiting for the green light so that I could continue my walk home along Greenfield Avenue. After my light turned green, I entered and followed the crosswalk. A large pickup unexpectedly turned left off Greenfield Avenue and nearly hit me. In a terrifying moment, I was able to see the driver throw back his head in laughter.
Can we not act with mutual respect?