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Why I hate stupid pedestrians

Old 08-27-06, 12:35 AM
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Why I hate stupid pedestrians

So I'm out on an easy recovery ride around town this morning and am coming to an intersection and I have the green light. I enter it around 18 mph when this woman suddenly runs across the crosswalk form my left against the red light. I try gauge which way to maneuver around her when she suddenly sees me for the first time.....and stops directly in front of me! She then does that little "move forward/backward zig-zag dance" in the next moment, so I have no idea of what she's going to do now. That's all it took for me to lose my window of avoiding this mess and I plow right into her and go down.

She freaks out and I'm too mad to even look at her. I ask her why she did that and she responds with, "I thought you were going to go on the other side of me." I check myself out....ok except for a couple of small scrapes and a deep bruised hip/butt cheek. Check out the bike.....no bent bars, shifters ok, derailleurs work fine, small pedal scrape.... She asked if I was ok and could she do anything. I'm still fuming at her and am fighting back the urge to yell at her, so I just reply, "S**t happens," and ride off. I know I should have gotten her name and number at the very least, but all I wanted was to be as far away from her as possible. So I treated my bruised ego with a new messenger bag and Selle Italia SLR saddle today....because my butt is worth it. And that's why I hate stupid pedestrians.
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Scream at pedestrians ahead of time.
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That sucks. Hit the brakes next time.
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Originally Posted by the beef
That sucks. Hit the brakes next time.
Yeah....it was one of those situations where I thought I could have gotten around her, but because she waffled, I lost that moment. By that point, it was too late to brake and the road was really rough so just trying to navigate the ruts is a small challenge anyway......live and learn.
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Old 08-27-06, 02:39 AM
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Agree with screem at pedestarians. They are unpredictable. Here particularily. Motorists are in such a hurry. Pedestarians rush out w/o even looking at unlooking traffic. Can't believe they do not get run over.
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Good point cyclezealot. I've done that before and it's saved my butt. Not sure why I didn't this time. It all happened so fast.
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I think we all hate stupid pedestrians. I usually shout out so they know I am coming and make sure they see me. It has worked so far. As a side note, we had a race here in town yesterday (Burlington NJ), the first being a Cat 3/4 race (20 laps), the second being a 35 yr old+ race (20 laps), a Cat 1/2 race (33 laps) and finally a Cat 5 race (12 laps). Well during the Cat 1/2 race the field was making a sharp right turn after crossing the start/finish line when one of the local police officers doing traffic control walks out on to the course just as the field is arriving and causes a crash. I was mortified and the rider was understandably quite pissed, his cursing not exactly unheard by the crowd. Of course it was after that incident that NO ONE was permitted to cross the course, no matter where the field was. So it isn't just us stupid civilians that do dumb stuff like that. That officer will not live that down for a long while, not from his fellow officers, nor the the rider who will go home and tell the story of "that f***ing idiot cop."
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Old 08-27-06, 06:59 AM
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btw, if you brake keeping a straight line, a collision with a pedestrian will probably not make you fall.
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Old 08-27-06, 09:19 AM
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As of late I have had more issues with peds than cars.
Generally, cars have been more predictable than peds. However, schoold just started and I am sure this will change as the multi tasking fathers and mothers drop their kids off at school while attempting to run me over. Time to change my routes.

Last week I was riding down the street at a decent click, about 25 mph. 20 feet ahead of me a ped walked right into my path crossing it. Having about a split second to decide I went behind him due to the fact the fool was clueless that I was coming. I doubted he was going to stop and elected to ride behind him. Amazingly, he stops and leans back like he was expecting me pass in front of him. I swerved a bit and nudged his backpack as I passed. Needless to say, I was a tad suprised. All I could manage was "oh sh$#". Bleh. I think it is time to pick the middle lane if it was legal. I keep having these sorts of issues in downtown denver.
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Old 08-27-06, 09:42 AM
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I'm anti-yell myself. If they see you coming and they need some help deciding which way to go, then fine... but if they don't see you I find you can slip by them before they realize they have just walked onto a road and get all erratic.
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I don't like stupid pedestrians either, but they are less dangerous than stupid cyclists, who are less dangerous than stupid motor cyclists, who are less dangerous than stupid car drivers, who are less dangerous than stupid truck drivers etc.

The good news is that they are all human beings, and most of them are not stupid most of the time.

Now if only there were a way of predicting when people are about to do something stupid.

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Idiots walking out on the roads have been the downfall of many a cyclist!! Peds may not be as dangerous as a car etc. but could end u up under one, they tend to jump out when least appropriate and they can turn 180 on the spot...A friend of a friend once knocked down some elderly man, he hit his head pretty hard and died. Now the friend's friend is due in court...
best bet is to hope they dont see you,that way you might manage to out manouver them, otherwise try not to hit the deck!!!
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If I'm coming up behind a pedestrian, like on the bike path, I'll yell "On your left!". For some reason they almost always step to the left directly into my path.

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Old 08-27-06, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by spunky
Good point cyclezealot. I've done that before and it's saved my butt. Not sure why I didn't this time. It all happened so fast.
Earlier suggestion of yelling out well before you approach a pedestarian is a good idea. Some time you yell too late, and it promts them to walk directly into your path. Of course those weaing earphones warrants special attention.
I hate riding on the beach bike path during tourist season. The path is marked every 50 feet with a big bicycle. They MEANDER all over that pathway. Think the fact it is marked as a bike path causes them to take any special precautions. Makes them act all the worst.
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Especially rollerbladers, they wear headphones and consume the entire path as they slide left and right.
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My wife's bike has a silly bell on it. Some cities over here require bells. I think it sounds silly, but guess what- It seems to work. My wife resisted putting it on originally. But now, after a couple close calls, she uses it religiously.
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i have more problems with stupid pedestrians than with cars too....and lately, I've had near misses with stupid kids on bikes. One kid riding on his bike in the opposite direction (on a street with bike lanes on both sides) suddenly turns left in front of me and my friend- no signal, nothing. One kid just stood in the middle of a bike path, looking behind him, while I came around a blind corner. In both cases, the parents were right there. Don't they tell their kids anything???

I usually try to go slowly through busy intersections, but sometimes you get these oblivous pedestrians that just walk right out onto the street or bike path.
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot
My wife's bike has a silly bell on it. Some cities over here require bells. I think it sounds silly, but guess what- It seems to work. My wife resisted putting it on originally. But now, after a couple close calls, she uses it religiously.
I guess the only thing to worry about is to make sure that you give them enough warning so they don't wander in front of you or scatter aimlessly
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Originally Posted by wabbit
i have more problems with stupid pedestrians than with cars too....and lately, I've had near misses with stupid kids on bikes. One kid riding on his bike in the opposite direction (on a street with bike lanes on both sides) suddenly turns left in front of me and my friend- no signal, nothing. One kid just stood in the middle of a bike path, looking behind him, while I came around a blind corner. In both cases, the parents were right there. Don't they tell their kids anything???

I usually try to go slowly through busy intersections, but sometimes you get these oblivous pedestrians that just walk right out onto the street or bike path.

Yeah, I just about ran down a couple of kids the other day that obliviously decided to run a stop sign in front of me. Fortunately, I did not have much speed on and was able to dodge. I also scared a bunch of kids who decided to rejoin street traffic without looking from the left sidewalk right in front of me. I was in the middle of attacking a small climb at the time and it was very annoying to lose my momentum.
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How about getting it through your thick head that pedestrians are going to J-walk. Once you grasp that concept, you can ride your bike accordingly. If you are riding through any sort of metropolitan area you should expect pedestrians. Slow down and avoid the collision.

It's not that hard. You can do it.
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Originally Posted by nelson249
Yeah, I just about ran down a couple of kids the other day that obliviously decided to run a stop sign in front of me. Fortunately, I did not have much speed on and was able to dodge. I also scared a bunch of kids who decided to rejoin street traffic without looking from the left sidewalk right in front of me. I was in the middle of attacking a small climb at the time and it was very annoying to lose my momentum.
I hear you, instead of dealing with five or six lights on a main road by my house, I take the bike bath, which cuts through everything. I always come up on some old hags chatting it up in the middle of the path, and it just so happens that they're deaf, stupid and blind, so they never move, besides, they think that they fully paid for everything in the world just because they didn't get killed by influenza or whatever. Go chat in traffic, hag. Then there's the kids who take up all 10ft of the path by swerving in and out while their mom sits back and chuckles while I have to navigate my way through the damn penguins.
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