This is a crosswalk.
Many people don’t seem to understand proper crosswalk etiquette.
So here are my Top Ten rules on How To Use A Crosswalk.
10. Make sure you walk ON the crosswalk. Not beside it. If you walk beside it, this defeats the entire point of a crosswalk.
9. Make sure you LOOK to make sure cars will actually stop. I’ve witnessed many people just strolling right onto the crosswalk without bothering to look left and right. I’m a good driver and I’ll stop. Other people (like that old lady who hit Reese Witherspoon) will not.
8. Don’t start a conversation in the middle of a crosswalk. This usually makes it so you forget that you have to keep moving. If you can do both at once, go for it.
7. Don’t hesitate at the end of a crosswalk. Just GO. I once saw a chick step onto the crosswalk, then step back, and then step onto the crosswalk again. I get you might be making sure cars are going to stop but if you see one not moving in front of a crosswalk, you’re good.
6. If your child suddenly decides to sit down in the middle of a crosswalk because they are being stubborn, pick said child up quickly. Don’t have a discussion with them in the middle of the street. Yell at the kid on the sidewalk. (Yes, this has happened to me. Thanks, Natalie.)
5. Don’t suddenly decide to check your phone. This generally slows you down and then I can hear your conversation. Unless it’s juicy, I don’t care.
4. If possible, RUN across the crosswalk. I do this. I understand people have places to be so I hurry to the other side. If this means I have to drag my kids, so be it.
3. Don’t STARE at a car as you cross. This creeps us out, especially if you trip when you get on the sidewalk. I always feel like I have something in my teeth.
2. Don’t walk slowly. Granted, if you’re old or have an injury, it’s acceptable. But if you’re healthy, get your arse across!
1. Never ever hold your hand up towards a car when you walk across. It’s rude. Someone in Boston did this to me. It’s like, lady, I was going to stop but now I sort of want to run you over.