Badly injured. But, luckily, not number 33

On Tuesday, the City of Chicago launched a campaign aimed at reducing the number of pedestrian-versus-automobile accidents. Thirty two mannequins are lined up along Wacker Drive, each one wearing a shirt that says “One of 32,” representing the number of pedestrians killed in Chicago last year.

"One of 32" campaign in Chicago.

On Thursday, my co-worker and friend got hit by a taxi.

Her injuries are not life-threatening, but she is going to be in recovery for a long, long time.

The message on the mannequins’ t-shirts is directed at pedestrians, telling them to be more aware. We were talking at the office of how, yes, pedestrians many times do not pay attention. There is also this tradition in Chicago of not watching the stop light, but rather the traffic itself before crossing the street. I actually do both because it seems like every. single. day. a car, usually a taxi, will come barreling through the intersection on a yellow light, trying to make a left turn before the light turns green for on-coming traffic. They drive with no regard for anything but the next fare.

Pedestrians need to watch out, absolutely. But dammit. These taxi drivers have GOT to slow the fuck down and show just one ounce of regard for other people. (sorry for the language, but I am really pissed)

Get well soon, Kathy.


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I am a chronic adventurer who loves to see and experience new places. What I really love most is experiencing those places after parking my RV and lacing up my running shoes.
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2 Responses to Badly injured. But, luckily, not number 33

  1. You are right, both parties need to be a little more observant. I find personally bikers to be the worst. They want it both ways, they want to ride on the road and not have to always adhere to the rules of the road because “they are just a bike”. There is a reason why Jaywalking is a crime, it is because looking at the walk/not walk signs can save your life. I take an approach like you, I look at the cars and the lights. It has saved my life plenty of times. I hope your friends get better soon!

  2. Oh, don’t get me started on the bikes! On Chicago’s lakefront running path, there is a constant battle between runners and bikers who somehow think the path is theirs and runners shouldn’t be allowed to use it. They race down the path at high speeds like they are in the last stretch of the Tour De France. I know far too many people who have been injured by being run over by them.

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