I've noticed a lot of people are walking in the bike lanes, not regular people walking from place to place, but individuals walking for recreation/fitness. What is up with this? They're always walking on the "wrong" side of the road, and will even walk in the bike lane when there is a sidewalk. Last weekend, I passed a guy walking on the wrong side of the road and rather than get on the sidewalk, he walked into the street so I could pass him on the right!
Also, why do they carry around huge sticks? They're walking on pavement. Maybe I'm naive, but are they that afraid of getting mugged or something? Out of shape girl, older man or woman + big stick is not going to scare off a determined mugger. It seems mace or a tazer, or anything but a big stick would be more effective.
There's a guy who walks around the neighborhood at night wearing a reflective vest and carrying a large stick with reflective tape on it! He creeps me out. I don't know. The guy just looks like he's a few cards short of a full deck. I'm sure I look strange in full kit on a bike to some, but a reflective vest on the SIDEWALK?! Maybe it just frustrates me that a person's outlook on life is so bleak that they think 1) being near the street = death by car and 2) being out in public alone REQUIRES a large stick to beat off other humans.
Are there walker Freds? Or are all walkers just Freds?
I've yet to see a jogger or a runner do any of these things, but I don't ride in areas where they're usually found.