How far should we accept danger in our cities? This short piece of pavement in the historical centre of Madrid might take pedestrians a bit too far.
I’m sure it looked neat and nice on the drawing board, but the pavement on the left of the zebra crossing does not lead anywhere other than a very busy road. Ironically, after making the mistake myself of thinking that I can take the left pavement to cross the main road, two people did what the unreasonable pedestrian would do when they come to the end of a pavement that goes nowhere: cross the busy road from a dangerous spot.
For those who are interested, the road is Calle de Ferraz, Madrid, on the 10th February 2009.
A technical note to explain the blurred red car in the photo taken from the other side of the road: 1/40s, f6, ISO1250.