Oct 18, 2013

Ped Shaming?

Well, my tweet this morning complaining that the Calgary Police Service seems to be blaming the victims in a series of hit-and-runs over the last few days has got more than a few knickers bunched.

All in all, great to see so many people engaged in the conversation but still saddened that a few folks still don't see the real issue here - streets designed to move cars at all costs, including the cost to human life and human communities.

Here is the link to the CBC article in question as well as a link here to the other reports of pedestrian deaths this month.

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  1. Perhaps the drivers should "be aware" too...? Message comes across one-sided.
  2. so you two can continue walking first looking second, and we won't have this conversation anymore. Hashtag toughguy
  3. not talking about the one incident here, talking about the whole picture. You dumb fuck
  4. : are you coming on the last full moon ride of the year??, it's this Saturday....”
  5. ...and at least cbc didn't quote you saying anything like "*drivers* need to be extra-vigilant...etc".
  6. Not what I said, don't put words in my mouth.

  7. It did sound like victim blaming & rarely are these types of comments directed at drivers.
  8. So 2 cars were stopped the guy started walking, then one came around and hit him, totally his fault

  9. Thanks for tuning up my bike! It's a smooth, quieter ride :D
  10. Read it thanks. Give me a break, victim blaming is a trendy social justice catch phrase.It's called a safety warning.

  11. Maybe we need a new term? Ped shaming?
  12. How much "attention" can a pedestrian pay when someone swerves around a car and blows through a crosswalk?
  13. Except that now, like when I lived in YYC there's little making drivers responsible for their actions
  14. Do Calgary Police have any tips for drivers yielding to pedestrians when crossing with the ROW? I didn't see any tips for them.
  15. Dan you dumb fuck one car had already stopped, the other car behind him then swerved into the xwalk and hit him
  16. The point is general comments on blame worthiness are not appropriate in relation to this article.
  17. Their job is to stop pedestrians from getting run over in crosswalks, read the article they blame pedestrians
  18. 46m
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    pedestrians need to keep a head up, but these are hit and runs for pete's sake. Drivers not paying attention
  19. can't engineer away every risk....at some point personal responsibilty must kick in
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    Seriously? You call a SAFETY WARNING "victim blaming"? Get stuffed. are doing their job, u just want publicity,
  21. 49m
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    Seriously? You call a SAFETY WARNING "victim blaming"? Get stuffed. are doing their job, u just want publicity,
  22. Their job is to catch criminals; the people who hit pedestrians in crosswalks & drive drunk.
  23. "Warning! There's a murderer on the loose! Be careful" OMG VICTIM BLAMING!!111
  24. 1h
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    reason the focus is on pedestrians is because cars outweigh people. Police are just saying be aware
  25. ": EVERYONE has a responsibility on the road including bikes and pedestrians."
  26. 1h
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    EVERYONE has a responsibility on the road including bikes and pedestrians.

  27. Seriously? You call a SAFETY WARNING "victim blaming"? Get stuffed. are doing their job, u just want publicity,
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    Wow. why does your colleague think when 2 killed and 1 injured IN CROSSWALK, it's the pedestrians' fault?
  29. I said originally everyone needs to be aware. Drunk drivers deserve harsher punishments in my mind
  30. 1h
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    dunno circumstances but there's a ped flashing light @ that intersection. Use all the time, glad not last night.
  31. I'm not commenting on the article it's just a general comment. This driver was clearly at fault.
  32. No one questioning this. Only that this is not relevant here and ignores the bull in the china shop.
  33. Which did not happen here, so inappropriate to call out this. Clear driver distraction & drunkenness.
  34. cross walks and corners of streets where it's well lit and legal to cross. Small request saves ppl
  35. example being 2 am and someone running across the road in black clothes in the middle of the street
  36. police are just saying to use common sense... Don't jaywalk etc etc that's all. Simple message.
  37. These are GD hit and runs of people legally crossing the street. Hunt the drivers down and charge them!
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  39. Also, if we are telling people to walk in crosswalks in fear of being run down, there is a bigger issue

  40. Cars may be bigger, but that only means operators have greater responsibility around vulnerable.
  41. 2h
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    seems counterintuitive that I need to heighten my awareness to compensate for someone else's reduced awareness.

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