Re: 30s video

Posted by humanpotatohybrid On 2023/2/5 15:39:11

Packard Newbie wrote:
Boy, jay-walking sure wasn't uncommon back then, eh? - seemed more the norm than crosswalks. Chris.

Quite true. Originally everyone shared the street, pedestrians would yield to vehicles (horse drawn carriages) and vice versa, as convenience and direction allowed. Obviously with cars, faster cars, and fewer pedestrians, pedestrian accidents rose. There was a good amount of lobbying from friends of the automobile to introduce jaywalking laws, shifting blame to pedestrians for intruding in the cars' space, rather than cars going at unsafe speeds near pedestrians.

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