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Subject:Just curious
Time:01:43 pm
Poll #1370646 Paranoia

If you're crossing a one-way street, do you look both ways?

Yes
73(94.8%)
No
4(5.2%)
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Mark Rafn [dagon.net]
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Time:2009-03-23 08:50 pm (UTC)
There's no button for "yes, unless I don't". Generally, I have to look both ways before I even realize it's one way. Even for streets I know are one way, I'm pretty much looking all around - idiots can strike from any direction.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2009-03-23 08:50 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say it's so much paranioa as habit, since it's relatively infrequent that I cross a one way street I just always look both ways. And Mom always told me to.
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recalcitranttoy
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Time:2009-03-23 08:57 pm (UTC)
Yep, might get hit by a crazy bicyclist or an idiot delivery person backing up, or something else totally random.
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njchick
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Time:2009-03-23 09:01 pm (UTC)
Walking the streets of Manhattan all my life has made me a very very very paranoid chick.
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veep
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Time:2009-03-23 09:08 pm (UTC)
In downtown Palo Alto, my office is on one of the few one-way streets. Not all the drivers are aware enough to notice that it's one way, so I learned very quickly to look both ways.

It's probable that before I worked here, I would have answered no.
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mickdog
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Time:2009-03-23 09:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, out of habit more than anything else. Also I'm teaching my son to "look both ways before you cross the street" which is much easier to parse for a 5 year-old than "look both ways unless it is a one-way, and if so then look for the one-way arrow and turn your head in the opposite direction." :)
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spidurman
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Time:2009-03-23 09:35 pm (UTC)
Yes and then I mentally smack myself upside the head halfway across the street.
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thorfinn
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Time:2009-03-24 07:27 am (UTC)
Yep. Trust noone else with your own safety.

The gun is loaded unless you personally checked the chamber and removed the clip. And even then it's still loaded.

Always point the sharp edge away from you.

Never assume that other road users will do the right thing.
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jiggery_pokery
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Time:2009-03-23 09:46 pm (UTC)
My "No" has a "...but, now you come to mention it, I probably should" attached.
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gayathri
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Time:2009-03-23 09:48 pm (UTC)
i used to not do this when crossing my street at work, since I knew it was one way, but then I almost got hit by a crazy cabby...

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tiurin
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Time:2009-03-23 10:45 pm (UTC)
It's Boston. I've been in cars which are shooting down a 1-way at 30 mph in reverse.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-03-23 10:50 pm (UTC)
Which is (approximately) why I posted the question. I was about to cross the street, and if I hadn't looked the other way I wouldn't have noticed the car shooting down the street in reverse.
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stevecohen
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Time:2009-03-24 02:43 am (UTC)
I look upstream first, then probably shoot a casual glance downstream as I step off the curb "just in case".

This has saved me more than once in England, Australia, etc.

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trcabbage
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Time:2009-03-24 06:11 am (UTC)
I do.
When my fore brain is busy and my lizard brain is doing the driving, I want to know it is 'using' good habits to keep me from getting killed.
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2wanda
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Time:2009-03-24 06:34 am (UTC)
I work on N. 1st St. in San Jose, which is a one-way street. Just the other day I walked out of my office, and lo and behold, there's some idiot driving the wrong way, who almost took out a guy on a motorcycle. It's not uncommon to also see people driving down the light rail tracks on that stretch of N. 1st. You better betcha I look both ways on that street!
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