Walk to Work – California StylePosted: April 15, 2008
Now that the weather is nice again, I decided to save a bit on gasoline and walk to work.
Here is a map of my daily commute (slightly simplified):
My house is point A and my workplace is at point G.
It doesn’t take much knowledge of geometry or parity to realize that I have two completely unnecessary road crossings in my route. These road crossings are in fact completely unnecessary, and were not added to the route simply because I want to spend more time waiting for traffic lights to change.
There is no pedestrian crossing between points B and E, and there is no sidewalk between points D and G. So I either take the scenic route or I jaywalk on a very busy street during commute hour.
Chicken and egg problem: Americans never walk because their streets are so incompetently designed, or perhaps street design is incompetent because people who never walk don’t notice how annoying this is?
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