With Seattle’s rapid growth, formerly sleepy Greenwood Ave has turned into a busy highway. The city has slowed the responsiveness of pedestrian walk buttons to maintain traffic speeds.

This morning, I noticed an elderly woman crossing the street immediately after pressing the Walk button. She seemed to realize halfway across that something was wrong as a car and cyclist were coming towards her. The car slowed, the cyclist did not.

Stopped in the middle of the street, she raised her fist in the air, “Bicyclists!” To which the bearded male on the bike responded loudly to the elderly woman, “The light is fucking green!”

Posted by Jeff Reifman

Jeff is a technology consultant based in the Pacific Northwest.

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