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Editorial: A new problem with streetwalkers

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Stories like the one in Thursday’s Gazette, about a woman getting hit by a car while walking down the middle of a busy Schenectady street on a dark, rainy night, have been appearing with alarming frequency of late. There is no question that the trend of pedestrians brazenly thumbing their noses at vehicular traffic — as if they, not the cars, belong in the road — has been on the rise in inner cities, and ...

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ajdjr73
December 9, 2011
8:03 a.m.

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Since the young woman was killed on State Street recently by a hit and run driver, I have seen so many pedestrians walking in the roads during dark rainy evenings WEARING DARK CLOTHING. IF you have to walk in the street, wear clothing that drivers can see.

hodgkinst
December 9, 2011
1:38 p.m.

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Pedestrians are not the problem, reckless drivers, and transportation design with little concern for bicyclist and pedestrians contribute to a car culture that disrespects anything inhibiting speed and self-centered movement.

We should be asking how to make pedestrians and bicyclists safer with laws and infrastructure instead of demonizing them.

Let me guess, all the Editors drive to work? Try walking or riding a bike, then discuss safety.

dagiacalone
December 9, 2011
2:17 p.m.

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This time, I have to disagree with you, hodgkinsT. The editorial is correct that more and more people "brazenly" walk in the middle of the road -- often pushing baby strollers. It has nothing to do with weather conditions or sidewalk problems. They seem to be asserting ownership of the road, or perhaps a libertarian insistence that rules do not matter. These middle-of-the-street-walkers are a great danger to vehicles on the road, and of course to themselves. Challenging them often results in threats aimed at the driver. There is no excuse for such behavior.

We are not demonizing pedestrians. We're demonizing walkers who flaunt the law and safety rules without justification and put others and themselves in danger, while making it much more difficult to traverse quickly and efficiently the streets of our city.

justapto
December 9, 2011
4:57 p.m.

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I have been challenged by brazen pedestrians who seem to flaunt their holding up traffic just because they can. Usually young males but more women are joining in.

wmarincic
December 10, 2011
7:30 a.m.

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I almost hit a girl pushing a baby stroller up State St, last night. A car passed a double parked car and forced me to the side and out of the corner of my eye I caught movement, it was a girl wearing dark clothing pushing a dark stroller up the road with a perfectly good sidewalk. I just had my first grandchild three days ago, how would I feel if I killed a baby and it's mother? Vince Riggi said we need to stop crime from the botttom up, he is right. This girl has no business with a baby if she is that STUPID.

ChuckD
December 11, 2011
12:42 a.m.

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Maybe if we saw more cops walking the beat instead of hiding out in their cars ...

wmarincic
December 11, 2011
7:49 a.m.

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The Police don't have time to hide out. Usually they are eating their lunch while doing their reports and paper work. The SPD is 50 officers short and 4 Asst Chiefs make a half million dollars a year. Whats wrong with that picture?

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