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Honor right of way, but know it’s not enough
Regarding pedestrian safety (“Proceed with caution,” March 30), I think the following, attributed to many cultures, is the final word: “If the stone fall upon the egg, alas for the egg. If the egg fall upon the stone, alas for the egg.”
When I was young, I was taught to maintain my own safety and not allow a moving vehicle to hit me. I was taught by Tommy Turtle to keep my toes on the curb. I was taught to give consideration to those out walking in the Minnesota winter but not to take advantage of that consideration and move quickly out of the way. All of this was cemented in my psyche by the sight of a neighbor boy lying unconscious in the street. Now what I see are people of all ages, whether on foot or bicycle, relying on the right of way to protect them from severe or even fatal injuries. I also see drivers with a lack of regard for those people they might injure. However, people should remember it was the boy, and not the car, waiting for the ambulance.
John Norblom, Minneapolis
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