Pedestrians Get No Respect



Pedestrians Get No Respect

Sorry, this rant isn’t completely bike related, but I’m posting it anyways because I still can’t believe what I experienced.

I was on my way home today when I approached two young ladies physically standing in the street in a painted crosswalk, obviously waiting to cross the road.  As I rolled up, I dutifully came to a stop.  Together we waited as I counted seven cars drive past, one of them briefly stopping on and blocking the crosswalk because traffic was backed up.  Eventually, I pulled out and physically blocked the lane of traffic with my bike, only to watch two more cars drive through the crosswalk going the opposite direction.  After they crossed the road, I continued on my way, only to be honked and glared at by the motorist I blocked.  Luckily, it must have been too hot outside to open a window or I might have heard some choice words as well.

What has happened to the people in this country?  Why are we in such a hurry, when we get behind the wheel, that we blatantly break the law and utterly disrespect pedestrians.


  • Jul 16, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Mark, such timing! The AP put out a story today about police officers going undercover as pedestrians at crosswalks… I think you see where this is going.

    Read it all here:

  • Jul 16, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    … and this brings up another point

    Officers gave motorists a brief lecture about the law, then sent relieved drivers on their way. But police understand that the only thing more effective than a lecture from a police officer is a lecture and a ticket.

    So why didn't they ticket the drivers? I just don't believe people learn a lesson these days unless they receive an actual ticket.