Aris Venetikidis: Making sense of maps

Via KK: A TEDx talk: Aris Venetikidis: Making sense of maps

Gridlock as China begins its ‘Golden Week’ holidays

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From the Telegraph (via AE): Gridlock as China begins its ‘Golden Week’ holidays :

“When 1.3 billion people all go on holiday at the same time, a little chaos is perhaps to be expected.
But it was a generous decision by Chinese politicians to grant free road travel, by suspending motorway tolls, that saw hundreds of thousands of drivers spend the first day of the Mid-Autumn Festival on Sunday in gridlock.”

An unmarked crosswalk exists at every single intersection

Stop and Move blog (via GGW): Bee actually mentions ‘unmarked crosswalk’ in report:


The Fresno Bee ran a sad story today about a mother and her daughter being hit by a motorist driving a pickup truck while crossing the road on the way to school. A vehicle in one lane had stopped to let the two cross and the other driver decided to ignore that and continue past the stopped vehicle, hitting them. The daughter is ok, the mother is in the hospital.
Many things can be said about the story, but this is what caught my eye:

The driver was eastbound on Clinton Avenue as the woman and the girl were in an unmarked crosswalk walking to the north side of the street.

I don’t know if it was the reporter, Jim Guy who noted this, or if it was brought to his attention by Police Sgt. Anthony Dewall who was interviewed for the article but….
Well done.
Not enough people understand that in California, an unmarked crosswalk exists at every single intersection and has the same legal standing as a marked one. That is, the pedestrian has the right of way, and the vehicles must stop.
Noting the law doesn’t change the unfortunate collision, but it DOES affect perception.  And that actually means a lot.