Over 30,000 served

Congratulations to Patrick McDonough for posting the 30,000th comment on OrangePolitics! He has earned a free drink at OP's spring happy hour on March 26th. I hope to see many of you there.

And what an informative comment it was:

State Law: Yield to Peds in Crosswalk

NC State law states that motorists and bicyclists must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Stepping into a crosswalk as a pedestrian signals intent to cross and helps clarify for the motorist where you are headed. This works very well on the two blocks around the Century Center in Carrboro. I'd say that 90% of the time, if I put one foot off the curb into either of these crosswalks, traffic comes to a halt. At other locations, this does not work quite as well. As always, you are the best judge of your own safety in the moment. Be particularly careful if you see an approaching driver on a cellphone.

But stepping into a crosswalk as a pedestrian is not bad etiquette, it is asserting your rights.



Wow- I won a contest I didn't know existed! I have a meeting on the 26th, so I will not be attending. I hereby donate my prize to the person in attendance on the 26th who has taken the most rides on public transit in Orange County between March 1 and March 26, 2008.  On breaking this milestone, kudos to all those who comment here about important issues in our community.

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