Wednesday 21 December 2011 1.04pm
Rambling Phil wrote:
When a pedestrian walks unwisely, they are a danger to themselves. When a car driver does so, they are a threat to others. I can't see how it's possible for a pedestrian to be as irresponsible as a driver.
It's possible, Phil. A pedestrian nearly had me off my scooter this week in daylight. They were near the kerb, facing away from the road, standing still, as I approached. As I got to about 10 yds away, they turned and briskly took two or three steps out into the road without looking.
I was going slowly, and keeping an eye out, as it's a road where plenty of people do unpredictable things, but even so I only just had time to stop a foot or two short of where they were standing, frozen, in the road, looking at me as if I'd come from nowhere (with my headlight on, my hi-viz vest, and my white helmet; so as to give myself the best chance of being seen).
Undoubtedly, if I'd not have been able to stop, the pedestrian would have been injured. But very likely if I'd have hit them, I would also have come off, injuring myself (and damaging my bike, which I'd have had to pay for myself because there would be no one to claim against).
I agree with your other points, and generally support priority for pedestrians, but I think it's important to recognise that pedestrians can cause accidents which affect others as well as themselves. My view is that we all have a responsibility to behave sensibly on the road, pedestrians included.
...if you press it, they will come.