Walking Everywhere, and Anywhere!

Every now and then I will update this blog with thoughts about walking, and being a pedestrian in Southern California. As of 2014, this blog will also be featuring posts about my bicycle adventures around Southern California.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Let The Pedestrians Cross The Road!

I love the weather and scenery of Southern California, but I knew I was not imagining when I have nearly been hit on numerous occasions when I had the walking light.  The thing is I am an extremely expeditious walker, and it gauls me to think how slower pedestrians will deal with cross the street with aggressive drivers.  California traffic light specifically states that drivers are supposed to have a hands-free device when using their cell phone, but sure enough on any given day I see drivers texting as they make their right hand turns.  It is quite scary to be a California pedestrian attempting to cross the road when these aggressive drivers/texters refuse to let you cross on the walking light. 

I especially dread crossing one particular four way stop on California Street where in the middle of the day I have to often shout to keep from getting hit while I am in the middle of the intersection.  It is quite scary when you as a pedestrian have the right of way, but a stream of five or six cars refuse to stop because their right hand turns are so important! Let the pedestrians cross the road because we are on foot, and I can guarantee if you obey California traffic law you will still get to your location faster than we will.  My friend recently went on vacation to Hawaii, and she reminded me as to why Honolulu is one of my favorite cities: drivers actually stop for pedestrians there when they are cross the road. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Why I Voted No On 23

Okay my Facebook posts are really political today, but I have always had an interest in politics, and there is just one day before the election.  If you have not already heard, you should vote no on Prop 23 because this proposition would repeal the clean energy legislation in California that was passed in 2006.  Arnold Schwarzenegger is a Republican governor whose stances have not always been in line with my way of thinking, but what I do have to give him kudos for is being instrumental in passing clean energy legislation.  Voting Yes on Prop 23 would put funds for research and development of clean energy resources and jobs at risk, and that would mean losing more jobs for California.  Any business that is apprehensive about exploring clean energy opportunities is simply kow-towing to the old school thought of thinking we cannot get beyond using gasoline for everything.  Exploring clean energy would be the creation of more jobs for future generations of Americans, and it would also mean cleaner air for California.  If you care about our air quality and the people of our state, you will vote no on 23.  Anyone who says climate change is a myth really does not do their research.

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