Because the Street Belonged to Her

She was jaywalking in the huge intersection under the light patter of a persistent drizzle.

The traffic warden yelled out to her to return to the curb as the red man flashed, escalating with a stern tweet of her whistle.  Everyone else stood sullenly by the side, wishing they could do the same.

Ignoring everyone else, she perservered towards the the middle of the street as large buses and shiny cars rumbled by and honked around her.

Suddenly, I was in an episode of Seinfeld, watching George Costanza playing Frogger on the street.

The light changed and the masses began shuffling across just as she got to the other side.

The lady saved herself all but 30 seconds. Probably well-worth in her mind.

July 2010

2 Responses to “Because the Street Belonged to Her”

  1. 1 Seamus
    July 6, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Two weeks ago I was observing locals in Giessen, just north of Frankfurt standing at the pedestrian crossing until the light went green: when I say locals I mean both the German and immigrants who live in this town.

    Of course the reason I found this to be interesting was that in my own little town of Galway, this is not normal practice!

    The real danger zone, however in Shanghai is the so-called ‘bicycle lane’, where all hell breaks loose.

    • July 7, 2010 at 9:26 am


      How odd that such behavior exists in Germany, I imagined that they enjoy rules very much.

      In busier and larger intersections, many Shanghainese now adhere to the rules, simply because the traffic has gotten too busy to risk danger. I would say it’s improving slightly in that regard.

      The real danger, I find, are cars which turn right very quickly on a red light, which is allowed in China, like in the US. However, common sense and courtesy dictate that you stop for a pedestrian. In China, they simply don’t, and you have to scurry to get out of their way. I get very angry when that happens, especially when they honk loudly like you’re in the wrong … and in their way.

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