il padrone wrote:Don't worry about the pedestrian crossings, it happens on every major and minor street intersection where turning vehicles are always required to give way to parallel pedestrians. Virtually none ever do, so much so that often when I do stop to give way to a pedestrian they impatiently wave me to go through, despite the fact that I am following my obligations to give way. Every intersecion, pedestrians are deferring to the might of the automobile.
Actually this is something that has changed in the last 20-30 years (at least in NSW) When I came over from the UK in the 80's I was amazed that all the left-turning cars used to stop to let pedestrians cross. Didn't happen in London I can tell you!
Still happens in Newcastle a bit and up-country mostly, but not in Sydney...