#51 Pedestrians vs. Cyclists/Drivers

Road Rage is a TAPTS original series.
Part 1: Cyclists vs. Drivers
Part 2: Drivers vs. Cyclists
Part 3: Pedestrians vs. Cyclists/Drivers

To the average pedestrian who chooses to work and live in the same zip code, walking is the number one mode of transportation. Peds don’t have to worry about traffic, gas prices, helmets, reflectors or running red lights (although they do occasionally cross a green light when there is no traffic coming). A pedestrian’s commute is reduced to simply moving their legs in order to reach a single point. Years ago, this was considered the ultimate form of transportation. As communities have grown, people moved away from walking to embrace the wheel. Eventually, humans grew into monsters wreaking havoc with their more efficient transportation.

The cyclist is looked upon by the pedestrian as the “rebel of the road”. Too many times I’ve witnessed cyclists parading downtown with not a care for themselves or others. All cyclists will take the sidewalk (no matter how many people are on it), if it’s convenient for them. Or run a string of red lights… if convenient for them. They almost never seem to be apologetic or forgiving to those whom sidewalks were made. Disrespect oozes from their yellow jackets and streamlined helmets. Small and swift – but deadly –  I equate cyclists to the Velociraptor.

The driver is analogous to lazy American society. With the ability to travel 5-10 miles over any speed limit, motorists laugh at the thought of someone who would walk to work. Their shiny, fast, debt machine owns all roads and has no laws if there are no police around. A citation is looked upon as “unfortunate or unlucky”, but never as a reminder to be responsible. The motorist consumes without remorse never questioning their actions. Large, hungry and fast – I equate the motorist to a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

I walk/jog to work. I walk to the grocery store. I walk to restaurants and bars. No matter what the day or scenario, I have a unique opportunity to witness some stupid cyclists/motorists.

  • On my way to work, I witnessed a car run a red light on Everett, get t-boned by oncoming traffic and flipped on its side. The light was red for about 5-10 seconds.
  • A motorists was waiting for a pedestrian to cross the street at a stop sign. A cyclist decided to pass them on the right. Once the ped had crossed, the driver turned right and the cyclist slammed into the side of the car. The cyclist was at fault for failing to yield to the pedestrian. I’m sure the cyclist didn’t have to pay for any of the damages to the car.
  • I have seen a cyclist being tailed by a mid-sized SUV honking away (seriously, just laying into it). The cyclist turns around, and flips the SUV driver off. The SUV changed lanes, sped up, and then cut the cyclist off.

Ultimately, I don’t hate the people that operate these vehicles. I believe in my heart that they are kind and generous creatures. But for some reason when they hop- on/get-in their rubber wheeled vehicles they have a sick sort of entitlement. These people become Velociraptor and T-Rex monsters bent on their own self preservation. Eventually, they will attack each other and destroy one another until Pedestrians rule the Earth.

3 thoughts on “#51 Pedestrians vs. Cyclists/Drivers

  1. The problem with the “everyone should just live near where they work” dream is most people work where they’re lucky enough to find a job that hasn’t laid them off yet and that pays enough to support themselves and their families. And most people live where they can afford to.

    Everyone I know is scrambling around the metro area working at one or more jobs just trying to make ends meet. I’d like to know how many people could support themselves living in a “smart neighborhood” (i.e. another PDC tax funded luxury condo for out-of-staters with cute shops on the ground floor) by walking to Starbucks around the corner and tying on a green apron. Dictating that people “just live near your job – or work near your home” is just plain arrogant and only smacks of demographic engineering.

    The result is more and more people turning to an underground economy (which uses the infrastructure and takes it for granted but doesn’t support it, e.g. cyclists and others) to fill in the gap.

  2. If everyone had to walk, people would stay close to their homes. If people stayed close their homes and their homes happened to be in, say, Gresham or Hillsboro, thennnnn…..I think you know where I’m going with this. I’m all for ditching the wheel (except for when I want to ride my bike on sidewalks and through intersections, that is).

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