Caught on film: York pedestrians dodging the traffic

Running for cover: one of the jaywalking pedestrians from Careful Cyclist's film
26 May 2014 @ 11.55 am
| Transport

In his previous films, the Careful Cyclist exposed dangerous drivers and unsafe cyclists. Now he’s turned his lens on pedestrians…

The video highlights that again a number of road users are not taking the risks of the road seriously. Distracted by mobile phones, rushing to get somewhere, ignoring red lights at crossings, or simply not looking when crossing the road, pedestrians often rely on their hearing for warning of vehicles approaching.

I think some of the crossings in York are poorly designed and I would like the road designers to think about how they could be improved with the international visitor in mind.

Could we have LOOK RIGHT painted on the crossing as you see in London? Many tourists look the wrong way when crossing.

People sometimes “jump” the red crossing signal because they have to wait too long. We all do it, how can this be better? Improved timings or more priority given to pedestrians?

Having a ball – in the middle of the road
Having a ball – in the middle of the road: a scene from the video
Caught unawares on Coppergate
Caught unawares on Coppergate
No way through at Monk Bar
No way through at Monk Bar

Mixed usage areas are poorly signposted. A cycle lane runs past the Minster, but is invisible to pedestrians bringing both into conflict.

The area now has A boards warning pedestrians of cyclists but in English only.

The three main E’s of road safety are Engineering, Education and Enforcement: which part can you improve?

Rules of the road

Boxed in at the Museum Street junction
Boxed in at the Museum Street junction
Street surprise
Street surprise
The only pedestrian obeying the rules in the video. A donkey
The only pedestrian obeying the rules in the video. A donkey

Do we teach our children how to cross the road?

When I was a child the Green Cross Code was on TV endlessly. Stop, look right, look left, look right again, walk straight across and keep looking and listening.

With the increased number of electric vehicles on the road, are we really prepared for their silent approach in the future?