Longer than it takes to cook, and eat a grilled cheese sandwich, apparently!

This piece was written by Tab Combs and John Rees.

Imagine sitting at a red light and someone comes up and says, ‘you can’t go until I’ve had time to make myself a sandwich.’ Ridiculous, right?

So why would we ever assume it’s ok to say that to a person at a crosswalk?
This is a crosswalk I use nearly every day. Every day, I sit and watch hundreds of people in cars fly by while I wait for a 10 second walk signal. Most of the cars that pass by are over a mile away when I get to the intersection and press the button to request a walk signal. Far enough away that waiting for them takes longer than it does to make a grilled cheese sandwich.

And we wonder why so few people feel like walking is a safe, valid option for them.

John Rees

Board member of NextFwd , Chapel Hill Planning Commissioner , bike rider. I want my town to work for everybody. In case that is not clear, this includes students, renters, housing challenged and people...