Much has been written and debated on the dangers of distracted driving, and the problem shows no signs of abating. However, there have been fewer efforts to curb distracted bicycling and walking. While pedestrians are legally protected, they and cyclists will almost always lose in a collision with an automobile thanks to the laws of physics. Columnist Sandy Banks wrote an article lamenting the death of a woman’s son who walked onto a busy street without paying attention. The responses received, however, were much more critical of the teenager and of pedestrians in general. While no one wants to sound as though the victim is the one who should be blamed, Banks concludes that a dialogue should be had as to what the responsibilities of pedestrians should be. One problem not noted in these series of articles is the lack of amenities that would increase safety for pedestrians, such as additional crosswalks to reduce jaywalking. LA Streetsblog editor Damien Newton responds.