Parking Lot Problems

I realize the pedestrian has the right of way. That being said however, is there any point at all when a car is actually moving that the pedestrian should just look at it and say, yeah, umm…I think I won’t walk out in front of it, or behind it. I mean really, is there no responsibility (or common sense) on the part of the pedestrian at all!? Good grief.

Needless to say, I went to the pharmacy today. It ended well. But only because I’m a better driver and quicker on the uptake than some people are at being pedestrians.

22 thoughts on “Parking Lot Problems

  1. They just are not focused a lot of the time, the amount of time I’ve seen a pedestrian on their phone or their ipod and crossing a road or something similar. Scary!

  2. You get extra points for people on bikes who think cars should drive around them when there’s a bike path right next to them. You can triple your points for getting one of them.

    • That’s awful! I always stop at crosswalks…although here where I live most people don’t. I find it very annoying when people don’t. I mean, that’s what they’re there for. Even when there isn’t one and I see people trying to cross, especially in shopping centers and on our little one lane hick roads, I stop.

  3. First off: Cars are supposed to yield to pedestrians whenever they have the right-of-way (in marked crosswalks and at intersections when the WALK sign is on).

    As a full-time pedestrian and part-time bus rider I often find that if I allow a car to make a turn in front of me others behind it will quickly zoom up and follow closely. I end up having to wait until all “members” of the “parade” that just got “called off” go by before I can proceed to finish crossing
    …by which time the light is probably getting ready to change.
    Then the cross-traffic gets pissed with me because I’m just running out of the crosswalk when it’s their turn to go.

    • I can imagine what you describe would be very frustrating. What I encounter that’s equally frustrating, as a driver, are people who see a car already in motion pulling out of a parking spot — to the point of being halfway into the aisle — and they walk behind you, having appeared from behind another parked car or having stepped out of a car. Or you’re cruising through the parking lot, again, already in motion (and nowhere near a crosswalk), and people who are either looking for their car, their friend, or their lost luggage, I mean who knows really, and they zig-zag across the lot into your path without a care in the world.

  4. By the way: No-one in their right mind would ever text, stare at their iPhone, or be so immersed in their music so as to be oblivious to their surroundings.
    That so many people do just that shows how many “average” people are in their right mind.

  5. It’s a grey area, to be sure! On the one hand, if a pedestrian is too deferential, you feel as if you’ll never get to cross. But if you’re too bold, yes, you risk getting hit. It’s tough to find that middle ground of being … safely assertive, shall we say. But I seem to manage it as I walk the city blocks near my office. Good post!

  6. I see this every day, and I don’t understand it. I often cross through a shopping mall parking lot when I’m getting lunch, and people just wander off the curb and into traffic. Nobody glances for oncoming cars or gives eye contact. Many aren’t even looking at phones; they’re just staring at the ground.

    Of course, I always have to stop to let them pass … not that they acknowledge my existence. But what’s interesting is that nobody ever extends the same courtesy to me. Just walking to the grocery store this afternoon, car after car blew past me as I was waiting to cross through the parking lot. They’re always going about 25, too, regardless of the number of milling pedestrians.

    I think common sense went the way of the rotary phone.

  7. Try it cycling!

    It’s only a bike, I shall step out in front of it.

    It’s only a bike, I shall not get out it’s way when I’m walking in the bike lane.

    It’s only a bike, I shall glance behind after hearing a bell and not deviate from my path.

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