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you know what else i love? jaywalkers.

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today was my first day on campus with the scooter, and i gotta tell you, there ain't nothing i love more than coeds who sprint across the middle of the street damn near right in front of me.

huzzah for jaywalkers!

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I concur. I work in the Capitol Complex(LBJ Building). I had to stop on Red River next to the Stadium to let what seemed like the whole UT band J walk across the road. MLK and RR is bad too.
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Think of them as impromptu rider skills course obstacles. :D
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alienmeatsack wrote:Think of them as impromptu rider skills course obstacles. :D
REMEMBER: Hitting them is only illegal if you DONT try to avoid them... :twisted:
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Sounds like a job for STEBEL-HORN!
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I talked about putting an iron park bench on the front of my truck once. Kinda like the scoop/cattle guard on an old steam locomotive. Just for folk like that!


But the local police officers convinced me that would only get me in trouble.


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R.McLeod wrote:Sounds like a job for STEBEL-HORN!

Dun-du-DUN! +1
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I had someone step off of a curb right infront of me. My Mini-mac-truck of a horn scared him so bad he fell over and scrambled backwards several feet. It was an amazing sight ;)
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Just run them over. :wink: 50 points if they are wearing a t shirt that has something to do with Greek life. 100 if they crossed directly from Urban Outfitters.
Grade A students= Grade D pedestrians. It's ok. I spent 50 minutes trying to drive 12 miles. I was stuck behind an old lady in a Lexus crossover who slammed on her brakes to let someone turn right out of a gas station. She then did the same thing 1 mile later for someone else.
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maribell wrote:Just run them over. :wink: 50 points if they are wearing a t shirt that has something to do with Greek life. 100 if they crossed directly from Urban Outfitters.
Grade A students= Grade D pedestrians. It's ok. I spent 50 minutes trying to drive 12 miles. I was stuck behind an old lady in a Lexus crossover who slammed on her brakes to let someone turn right out of a gas station. She then did the same thing 1 mile later for someone else.
You're in Austin; I know your pain. I just got done dealing with Brown students (it's an Ivy League -- you'd think they would have some sense) who wait on Red and as soon as the light turns Green telling me it's ok to go, they start to cross. Stebel set them right. Idiots.

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right when they're in front of you, scare the crap out of them with your horn.
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Advance warning: apologies to any grunge-hippies here on MB. I've since deemed it a bad idea. ;)

My friends and I used to joke about rigging a snowplow to the front of one of our cars during the warm months. (small college town: ASU.) People, usually hippies you could smell coming 3 blocks away, would wander aimlessly and treat the main through road as a sidewalk. The idea was to paint the scoop of the plow bright colors in a psychedelic pattern so the stoners and tripping hippies would stop mesmerized just long enough to go splat. :twisted:

(This was many years ago. No hippies were ever harmed in the formation of this idea...though the detergent-watergun almost got put into action.)
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I just lay on my lil ol' horn :) its real fun...
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siobhan wrote:Add 250 pts for Obama shirt.

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Eh, if you want to get a stoner out of your way, just keep a few of the little bags of Cheetos in the glove box, and throw them onto the other side of the road. I swear, I knew some pot-heads on my floor in college that would come running at the crinkling sound of chips bags ...

Also, you can make getting nerds run over into a sport - as seen in the amazing webcomic XKCD
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Post by Scutellosaurus »

If you can ride just behind said jaywalkers you can give 'em a good kick in the ass on the way by. Don't think of it as being overly aggressive think of it as just helping them on across the road.
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When someone decides to jaywalk in front of me, I seriously aim for them and accelerate. Scares the poo out of them. Too many people think it is their god given right to cross the street whenever and however they want.

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alienmeatsack wrote:Think of them as impromptu rider skills course obstacles. :D
Like an automated shooting range, except you are supposed to miss the targets...
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unfortunately... in seattle... I think it is their right to cross anywhere... or am I confusing seattle with orange county?
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oh and scooterdave....

I know see why Jess banned your avatar rights :lol: :wink: Just Kidding
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Just remember, if there's a crosswalk, they have the right of way. If someone steps onto the street in a crosswalk without a signal, you stop and let them by. Chicago announced they were going to start cracking down on people who didn't, then told everyone what day and what intersection they were going to watch, and still they nabbed a couple hundred people not giving the right of way to pedestrians.

It's annoying when there's no crosswalk, but if there is one, stop. We're all pedestrians sometimes, too.
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MikieTaps wrote:unfortunately... in seattle... I think it is their right to cross anywhere... or am I confusing seattle with orange county?
Well, while jaywalking is illegal in CA, peds have the right of way and you're supposed to stop for them even in the middle of the street.
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So, of course, my previous post was a joke. I wanted to comment on jaywalkers thinking it was their god given right to cross the street at anytime. When did god give cars or motorcycles any rights over our god given legs? This is all rhetorical though since I'm not talking about any actual god.
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I am not talking about crosswalks when they have the right of way.

I am talking about idiots that just decide that they feel like crossing the street against the light while I am coming up to an intersection. Idiots that decide to walk across the street in the middle of the block. Idiots that just think that the world revolves around them and everyone should stop just because they are more important than anyone else.

Those are the idiots I aim for.
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So the general consensus here is that my carrying a broom and trying to joust the pedestrians would be a bad thing if they get in front of me?
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i think it would be a good idea... *ONLY IF* you sharpen the poking end of it... :twisted:
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True Story: On way back from my staff meeting today, a postal person pops out between cars and crosses in the middle of the street right in front of me. I was going 35mph. The ironic part was that the traffic light was only about 20 yards away.

I would have said something to him, but I was afraid that he would...well...you know..."Go Postal :wha: "!
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I gotta agree with scooterdave. There have been a couple of pedestrian fatalities lately in austin due to people crossing in the middle of the street. Jaywalkers are supposidly being ticketed more frequently as a crackdown.
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A couple of days ago I was riding to work in the morning. As I'm approaching an intersection with a green light in front of me, I spot this guy step off the curb to my left. Apparently the light was red in the oncoming lane or some such. Anywho, obvious this example of the Wild Montreal Jaywalker figures he can cross. I wait a fraction of a second, in case he sees me.

Doesn't. I sound the horn to let him know to get back on the curb.

Still crossing.

Horn blaring.

I curse and continue into the intersection in the vague hope he'll realize the wonking noise will alert him HE IS IN DANGER.

Swear to Jebus, I passed within an arm's length of the prick. He actually has the nerve to look offended and surprised when I scream at him through my helmet as I pass by. The temptation to chased him up the crosswalk back to the curb was *very* hard to resist.
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