Something of a continuation from my rant about cycling and traffic in Toronto.
Apparently I took too long to cross the road today. I was, of course, walking on a green light, with a white man light for my pedestrian signal, but that didn’t seem to matter. The young woman in the silver Honda Civic (why is it always a Civic?) to my right obviously felt I was taking too long, and laid on her horn till I got across the road. Then she made a right turn on a (for her) red, which is fine and dandy, and tore off to whatever destination was so important.
I take this opportunity to examine traffic laws in Ontario:
“Unless a sign tells you not to, you may turn right on a red light as long as you first come to a complete stop and wait until the way is clear. Remember to yield to pedestrians and others using the road.”
That’s from the Ontario Driver’s Handbook page on how to make a right turn on a red light. Emphasis mine.
So, my message to the young woman in the silver Honda Civic, and her stereotype-reinforcing behaviour while behind the wheel?
Go to hell, I’m walkin’ here.