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The Rules of the Road

In the fast paced world we live in, it seems like everyone's always in a rush to get wherever they're going. Since moving to Chicago, I've learned there are no rules for laying your car horn down on someone moving too slow after a green light, or failing to pass a stopped bus. Drivers get annoyed at anything and everything. I've never been in a car accident and consider myself a fairly decent driver. Still, I have been the victim of a car horn blast more than a few times. This morning, Adam came across a post about this exact issue. There are some interesting points on all sides of the issue to be made. The post really got me thinking about my own selfishness as a user of the road.
I get annoyed with people who get in my way when I'm driving. If I've a long day at work or am trying to make it somewhere without being late, I hate when people cross the street as I am coming down it. Can you people not see there's a car coming?
However, when I'm on the other side of the situation, as a walker, I will walk out in the middle of traffic to cross the street. Pedestrians have the right of way in a crosswalk, do they not? Plenty of times I flash an angry look at the car that almost hit me when I was clearly making my way through the crosswalk as fast as I could. They can slow down!
As far as biking goes, it can be frustrating knowing you're not allowed to bike on the sidewalk, yet cars speed by you nearly knocking you off your seat.
It is inevitable to hit a street crossing at one point as a runner. As frustrating as it is to have to stop in the middle of a run, sometimes it's simply necessary to avoid an accident, or giving runners a bad reputation.
I think we all have a bit of selfishness in us when it comes to the road. We expect so much from other people, but do not hold ourselves to the same standard. After thinking this over, I now try ignoring the car behind me that honks because I don't go around a biker until the road ahead is clear.
What are your opinions on these double standards? What can be done to make the roads a safe place for everyone? Is it possible to let go of these selfish tendencies and follow the rules of the road to make them a safe place for everyone?