Deference be damned

The 1960s were supposed to have seen off doff-capping class deference, but deference on the road – people on foot deferring to people in vehicles (even waiting for permission to cross at zebra crossings) – persists to this day. The Highway Code says that walkers have priority at junctions, but in the time-honoured fashion dictated by the anti-social rules of the road, motorists routinely assume priority. I assert my equal right to the road space and just walk out, sometimes to honks and stares of astonishment. One day I’ll be killed. But one day there will be equality among road-users, and walkers will command equal respect.


About Martin Cassini

Campaign founder and video producer, pursuing traffic system reform to make roads safe, civilised and efficient
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