I was watching traffic this morning. Each day, I take a train into the city and then walk half an hour out to work. That half hour is a time of contemplation, observation, and more than a little headbanging as I walk down the quieter streets with my MP3 player. However, I digress. This morning, I was watching traffic... a big pack of cars were stopped at a pedestrian crossing, and when the light turned green, they were off! I tell you, they reminded me of some pack of predatory animals... I confess my perception is somewhat biased: I am a pedestrian, I do not drive, and the thousands of road-crossings I have performed have taught me to regard cars as the enemy. Cars run red lights, cars disregard pedestrian crossings, cars are always in a rush, cars are big and scary and they kill people.
I have a theory about crossing roads. I believe that it is actually unsafe to wait for cars to stop. Because they won't. Which of these two options sounds safer:
a) Hoping that a small set of coloured lights will be sufficient to stop a vehicle moving at 80km/hr.
b) Crossing the road when there's no traffic in sight.
I go with "b" every time.