A study released Wednesday morning shows 75% of Sioux Falls pedestrians would much rather get hit by a moving vehicle than walk 20 feet to the nearest crosswalk.
“I really don’t have time to be walking 20 feet just to cross the freaking
street. If I time the cars perfectly, after about 10 minutes I’ll be able to cross. There will be hell if I have to walk extra distance just to get across this street!” said one Sioux Falls pedestrian we spoke with.
Though the study shows only 25% of people would much rather use a crosswalk, that seems to not be the case downtown.
“The pedestrians do have a problem downtown. We see it every day we leave the station. Luckily my officers look the completely opposite way of the jaywalker, so that they don’t bog down our system. We’ve really got better things to be doing, like hiding behind bushes to catch speeders or
customizing more ‘ghost’ vehicles so that people can’t see us,” said one Sioux Falls Police Department representative we spoke with.
As the streets of Sioux Falls become busier and more hectic during the
holiday seasons, pedestrians are reminded to just walk those couple of extra steps to cross the street at a cross walk.
“It’s really not hard. You walk a couple of steps, then cross safely, and
go about your day. Standing in the middle of the street looking like a
dumbass isn’t helping anyone’s case here. Just use the crosswalk so I don’t drill you with my front end,” said one citizen we spoke with.
Crosswalks literally tell you when to walk, in addition to the little guy
on the neon sign. It’s really not difficult.
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Adam K. White