So I have a theory.
I park at the train station (on days when my husband doesn’t need the car) then take the train to and from work. I’ve noticed a pattern…let me know if you’ve run into this as well. At least then I’ll know I’m not crazy (at least not today).
I think pedestrians who don’t drive regularly are worse pedestrians than drivers.
There should be “slow lanes” in walking.
Who I call non-driving pedestrians often cut off other people while they’re walking in crowded areas.
They cut across and stand in front of escalators where people are coming down, effectively blocking the flow of traffic.
They don’t follow the speed of other pedestrians and end up slowing down all other pedestrian traffic because they’re 1) chatting with another non-driving pedestrian friend, 2) talking on the phone or texting while walking slowly and erratically, 3) carry a handbag on each shoulder and take up twice the amount of space they normally would, forcing others to walk around them and all their gear.
They don’t realize that crossing the street at a snail’s pace when the drivers on the street have the sun’s glare in their eyes and can’t see them puts their lives at risk. Same for wearing all black at night and jaywalking – are you guys crazy?? We can’t see you. Hope you’re fast runners.
I just feel that drivers just naturally exhibit certain behaviours. They’re more aware of their surroundings, they understand traffic flow and following the speed of the masses, they check their blind spot (even when walking), they’re courteous and don’t cut off other walkers. Non-drivers just wouldn’t think about these things because they never developed those instincts.
The rules of the road apply to all forms of traffic, including pedestrian traffic.
If you won’t yield, get out of the way…