Atlanta needs to have a come-to-Jesus moment with driver behavior. I stood inside this Highland Avenue crosswalk, in the rain, as three cars zoomed by rather than stopping for me. This is the kind of thing I deal with constantly on walks through the city.

If it happens to me — a grim-faced dude who is not a small person — it has to be worse for many others. Plus, we have data showing that drivers are even less apt to be polite to pedestrians of color than they are with white people like me. As crappy as my pedestrian experiences are, I’m privileged in comparison.

Road design and pedestrian infrastructure are the primary focus for safety and that’s the way it should be. But drivers seem to have too high of an expectation of dominance over our public domain. That cultural aspect of street safety needs to be addressed as well.

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