Originally published as part of my Road Sage column in the Globe and Mail on January 21st, 2016
People will do anything for a thrill, to feel the rush that comes from putting themselves at high risk. Some people go skydiving, while others opt for bungee jumping, cliff diving, rock climbing, parkour or extreme skiing. Less daring thrill-seekers find their kicks at the amusement park.
I prefer to get my adrenaline rushes close to home. Whenever I feel the urge to put my life on the line, to feel exposed, vulnerable and in extreme jeopardy, I simply put on my shoes, take a walk around my neighbourhood and use a few of our local crosswalks. When it comes to death-defying, you can keep your sheer cliffs and faulty parachutes. Nothing is more terrifying than using a crosswalk.