This a topic that I have some interest in. I’d like to share one of my tactics for dealing with the dangers of the crosswalk. If you have any feedback, I’d be glad to hear it.
I walk to work each morning. I have to cross several busy intersections on my way. IMO, for pedestrians the worst of these is Fu-hsing / Hsin-hai. The scooters turning right onto Fu-hsing rarely give way to pedestrians. In fact, they seem to aim for us. Many times I have had to pause in mid-step while a scooter competes for the pavement inches in front of me.
A few weeks ago. I had had enough. The scooter was coming straight for me. Instead of moving faster, or backing up, I stopped, raised my hands and shouted “Hey!” The scooter screeched to a stop a few feet away, and the driver nearly fell off. I finished crossing the street and stepped onto the sidewalk. I glanced back and saw the driver slowly ride away. I had made my point.
I haven’t tried this again, though. It felt good at the moment, but I worry that repeating it might lead to other, less pleasent outcomes. I wonder if a pedestrian resorting to this tactic of self-preservation would be liable if the scoorter driver really did fall and get hurt.
BTW, at that same intersection, the traffic cop / volunteer traffic warden will stop vehicles turning right to allow pedestrians to make it safely across. Unfortunately, they are only on duty a few hours each day.