Much as I wanted to avoid this ongoing discussion, after screeching on my brakes the other day to avoid a pedestrian, I feel I must voice my opinion.
Circumstances & location:crosswalk on Pearl between 28th & 30th (Target -> Whole Foods).
Did the pedestrian hit the button to activate the flashing lights? No Were there any other pedestrians in the crosswalk? No Is there a traffic signal? No Did the pedestrian look towards the direction cars were coming before setting foot in the crosswalk? No Did he decelerate his normal walking pace? No I feel strongly that common sense dictates a modicum of awareness that as a pedestrian, when in the presence of vehicles, caution is paramount. If there are flashing lights at a crosswalk, please use them. That helps us drivers to be aware that there may (or may not) be pedestrians crossing where there is no traffic light. Especially if you are the only pedestrian crossing, be aware that a driver may not be familiar with the location of that particular crosswalk.
Therefore, be cautious, slow your pace a bit and look towards the traffic to see if the oncoming vehicle is slowing down. You just might save your own life.