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Re: Pedestrians aren't the only ones who matter.

Posted by BusMgr on Wed Jan 4 23:55:53 2017, in response to Re: Pedestrians aren't the only ones who matter., posted by BrooklynBus on Tue Jan 3 21:13:52 2017.

Transportation, as a whole, is a dangerous activity. Flying an airplane is dangerous . . . and in recent years we've taken additional steps to ensure that only those people best able to fly can do so (e.g., hardened cockpit doors). Operating a train is dangerous, as we've unfortunately seen recently in Philadelphia.

At its simplest, pedestrian travel itself is not especially dangerous, for rarely will a person colliding with another person cause serious injury. But with each "improvement" in travel, danger is increased as to the effects of a collision. And that scale would certainly include airplanes and trains. But ultimately the same question remains: who should bear the cost of the harm caused by using one of those "improved" means of travel? Should it not be the person choosing to use an "improved" means of travel absorb the risk and liability that such means imposes on those who forgo such "improvements"? Why should the pedestrian--who has already ceded a good part of the highway upon which he or she could otherwise travel--have to take precautions made necessary only because of the choices other people have made as to their travel, and to take on additional cost as well?


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