Why is normal to see cyclists crossing a pedestrian crossing on red, but much rarer to see a pedestrian do the same thing?

My personal theory is that being a pedestrian is being part of a group and so the usual Japanese social pressure to conform exists, whereas the route, speed etc of cycling is totally individual and therefore you are totally free. As a pedestrian in Japan, it is also possible to switch off totally just by following the person in front, so jumping the lights or even looking at them can just seem like a pain.

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2 Comments

  1. Chris B said,

    April 1, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Because they can get the f__k outta the way faster?
    just a guess;)

  2. alexcase said,

    April 1, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Good point, but actually a pedestrian can stop and turn quicker than a cyclist, and in London it is more likely to be the other way round- cyclists waiting for the lights and pedestrians risking their life to run across.


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