While not directly about cycling, the safety of our streets is important, and victim-blaming doesn’t solve anything.
Listen, I get it. We don’t want anyone to be distracted when using the roads. However, there is NO WAY you can equate distracted driving, where you could kill someone (or many people) with distracted walking, where if you walk into someone, you and them could get a booboo and may need a band-aid.
Stop the victim blaming.
“There is a fine for texting (while) driving, but there isn’t a fine for texting and walking on a roadway, and I don’t know if members of council have experienced this, but especially downtown when you’re driving and you’ve got a green light or a red light and a pedestrian is in the middle of the roadway texting and won’t move, and it’s just constantly,” she said.
“If you’re texting and driving and texting and walking across an intersection, it’s, in my opinion, the same.”