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damiancugley From: damiancugley Date: November 14th, 2010 09:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Oxford has an unusually high level of pedestrian entitlement syndrome, with students striding out in to the street magisterially expecting traffic to flow around them. But you have to assume pedestrians won’t be looking out for you anyway—because pedestrians includes children and people with impaired vision or movement.

A similar issue is bell-ringer entitlement syndrome, where ringing your bell entitles you to be on the wrong side of the road going around a blind corner at speed. This is much rarer because most bikes don’t have bells.
jinty From: jinty Date: November 14th, 2010 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I want to put a bell on my pram to encourage people to stop blocking the pavement through incautious loitering on what should be a thoroughfare.
cleanskies From: cleanskies Date: November 14th, 2010 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)

brilliant idea!

Octopus usually have some nice ones
j4 From: j4 Date: November 14th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
you have to assume pedestrians won’t be looking out for you anyway—because pedestrians includes children and people with impaired vision or movement.

True... though most of the pedestrians who walk out in front of me are doing so because they're turning round to talk to someone while texting, etc. :-} And the children who step out in front of me are usually being dragged by a parent who's on the phone at the time.

I am not sure why bikes bother having bells any more because EVERYBODY just has headphones on. I mean, I do have a bell, and I use it, but I used to get shouted at for using it, & now I really don't think anybody even hears it, I often have to resort to shouting "HEY!" instead.
jinty From: jinty Date: November 14th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use my bell to give a cathartic ding when another cyclist runs a red light or otherwise does something of which I disapprove but am too far away/too cowardly to comment on more explicitly.
venta From: venta Date: November 15th, 2010 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
True... though most of the pedestrians who walk out in front of me are doing so because they're turning round to talk to someone while texting, etc

Many, though probably not most, of the pedestrians who walk out in front of me do so having clearly seen me and decided that I'm not real traffic and should stop for them/slow down/go round them.

Most of my route is along pedestrianised roads and shared-use footpaths, but the tiny bit which is on roads is constantly afflicted with pedetrians who see me and decide to walk in front of me anyway. Maybe Reading pedestrians are peculiarly anti-cyclist (or believe themselves to be harder than a bike).
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