Idotiic pedestrians



  • Cor blimey, encountering other people on the pavements of central London on the way to work, who would have thought it? You could try cycling to work instead, but then you'd only get wound up by other people having the temerity to cycle on the road in a manner that displeases you, nevermind the cars. There's only one thing for it - commute in a helicopter with a treadmill in it. 

  • From my point of view, it is sometimes the pedestrians who have to watch out for runners!

    I once tried to go past someone whilst running behind him, but mistakenly brushed his arm.  He jumped as if I was trying to assault him and called me a weidoimage

  • 2wheels wrote (see)

    I suspect that many walkers would view runners in busy areas with the same contempt that is being shown towards cyclists on this thread...


    Cyclists who routinely cycle on the pavement, go the wrong way down one-way streets, don't use lights at night and go through red lights deserve contempt, I'm afraid. Those that obey the law and common sense I'm perfectly happy with. I'm a pedestrian, runner, cyclist and driver, and all four groups have their idiots, true enough.

  • The world is full of idiots who have absolutley no idea of what is going on around them. Once you accept that and nothing will change them, life becomes so much more relaxed.

  • DustinDustin ✭✭✭

    I didn't realise reversing out of a driveway was an 'illegal manoeuvre' ...

    I work in London and run all the time along Embankment. Its an occupational hazard and sheer weight of numbers mean that from time to time there are bunches of people (tourists).
    Personally i dislike the texters, and stop-suddenly google map watchers, but again, fact of life. I do tend to run at people not looking though...
    Ahh bikes too...I boris bike a couple of miles as part of the commute. I am staggered by the vast number of cyclists that don't understand traffic lights (conservative estimate 50%), wear headphones (~30%), use pavements (tbh mainly tourists) and I knowit beggars belief, but I see a phone-cyclist at least once a month.
    As Peter says all groups have their morons, but in my experience the numbers are higher on 2 wheels

  • Rule 201.

    Do not reverse from a side road into a main road. When using a driveway, reverse in and drive out if you can.

    'if you can' - not sure exactly how this would mean you would be treated if you had an accident.
  • I had some bother when the local primary school pupils were being escorted out for a visit - plenty of teachers around but did one of them tell the kids to mind the person coming towards them? Regardless of whether you are running or walking, politeness and common courtesy should prevail but most people just seem to be rather ignorant.

  • DustinDustin ✭✭✭

    does the same apply to a parking space then?

  • Dustin is right.

    I walk around central London, and see all manner of cyclist - no lights (this is very common), dark clothing and no lights, going through red traffic lights, on the phone, smoking (not seen one on the phone AND smoking yet).  I hardly ever see one on the pavement though.

    However, in two days I saw three cyclists pulled over by police on motorbikes, so maybe they're cracking down a bit on the idiot ones.

    I ride a bike too, so I'm not just a cyclist-basher, but those cyclists are a menace to me as a pedestrian (as well as themselves).

  • Yes Dustin. You shouldn't reverse out of a parking space. Always into one. In any case if you reverse out into a main road and get hit, or hit something, it's your fault. Even if it's not an enforced law.
  • DustinDustin ✭✭✭

    i meant in a car my reckoning the vast majority of car parkers go in 'nose' first!
    But I do take your point that the motorist should be wary of whats coming. If you did have a driveway then I suspect you'd do what you could to maximise visibility (we have low walls either side of ours so that you can see whats coming). By the same token, a pedestrian/runner can see the car moving, even if it has the obligation to give way.
    Running into it to prove a point seems a little stupid.

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