I was listening to Bill Good on CKNW this morning. He was taking calls from people on the topic of pedestrians and their inability to appreciate the fact that any car or truck on the road has the “right-of-weight” when it comes to pedestrian-vehicle interactions.
And for the first time in a long time, I actually found myself agreeing with Bill Good and his callers. Far too many times I have seen pedestrians step off the sidewalk and begin crossing the street without even a quick glance to the side to see if the truck bearing down on them is going to stop.
The other day I was waiting for another car to finish backing out of a parking spot when I noticed two teenage girls walking down the middle of the parking lot, even though there are plenty of sidewalks in that particular mall. The car came close (at a crawl) to the girls and they stopped walking and their texting long enough to scream obscenities at the driver of the car and flip the driver the bird.
How is it that in Vancouver the pedestrian is the king or queen of the road? Nobody wants to hit a pedestrian and yet it seems like the pedestrians are asking to be hit on a daily basis. What gives?