5 yards diagonally at 5 seconds per yard = 25 seconds
Total walking time = 25 seconds!
Crossing at an angle puts you at risk for longer.
For the pedestrian in a hurry (and wearing the shirt that reads “Safety Third”) the angled route is the way to go. But for a parent with toddler in tow, minimizing risk is a better option.
If the little guy were to cross at the angle, he’d be in front of the oncoming cars for 25 seconds. If he were to take the route that is longer overall, he’d be in front of oncoming traffic for only 15 seconds.
Not to mention he keeps the driver happy.
Getting out of the driving area faster means keeping the driver happy. That might not be your goal, but adding some cosmic happy juice into the world of drivers never hurts.
Plus, if someone were to “hypotenuse you” by taking the angled route when you were driving, wouldn’t you get a little annoyed?