Is it sad that I'm happy to post in this thread after nearly getting hit by two separate drivers in the same crosswalk?
I'm in Schaumburg (suburb of Chicago) atm and I decided to walk to the Whole Foods because things were needed. So I go up to the crosswalk and wait for the light to change so I can cross.
Special note #1: For this crosswalk, the main street (I was crossing where the main street hits the side street) has a left arrow turn lane. Therefore, when the light is red, you cannot turn. Therefore, I'll glance to make sure that people are remembering about that and not about to barrel through me.
Special note #2: I'm legally blind and therefore, use a red tipped cane. I use the cross tap method, so it goes right foot forward, tap left side, swing in arc, left food forward, tap right side. Also known as the default method for using a cane (said my O&M instructor in high school).
So, light changes and I start crossing. The main street cars close to me had all passed, so red car snowflake decides he can turn. Against the light while I'm in the crosswalk. Good thing for me is that red car snowflake had working breaks. So I get out of his way as quickly as possible.
In crossing the second half of the crosswalk, a white car decides they need to speed up and get to their right turn. Again, I'm grateful for breaks that work and that was right at where I was able to get out of the crosswalk.
The rest of the way was uneventful and I'm celebrating my not dying with a Death by Chocolate cupcake. I thought it was appropriate.