Discussion in 'Commuting' started by gaz, 20 Apr 2010.
Isn't this the bit where Mike says Air Zound?
that'll be the "new thing I learnt today" then...I never knew that's were the term "Car" came from.
Can't disagree with you on that.
Oh, wow, love the look of that.
I'm glad that all I've had to fit is a tiny single "ding" bell, just enough to let pedestrians know (politely) that I'm there, and they generally make way immediately. Only exception is around the schools, which are a nightmare, made more dangerous by the vehicles of those dropping the kids!
Stop for them, then mutter (loud enough to be heard) "Damn RLJing pedestrians"
LOL! It would work well, but might be a tad harsh on peds.
It depends how close you are to them. Might even get them to scoot across the road a wee bit quicker
Part of my commute takes into the city centre and I get peds just ignoring me if there's no other vehicle.
So now I pro-actively ting-ting my bike bell. Sounds a bit naff but it alerts them and they stop at the kerb.
Saw one used this morning and was more than surprised myself at how loud they are. A pedestrian stepped out between two parked cars into the path of a cyclist who was a few meters in front of me. Even following behind it was loud. It had the desired effect though as the pedestrian leapt back.
In a similar way, green lights mean 'go if safe'...so we too have a duty of care.
IMO, common sense would say you do slow down/give way to the people...because the alternative is probably mowing down 50 people.
Gaz, I'd probably say slow down a bit and yell a polite warning. Better to just let them cross then risk hitting someone, though I can understand how annoying it'd be in a busy city.
Carriage derives from cariage: baggage, transport. Car derives from carre, or the Latin carrum: a two wheeled chariot.
The phenomenon of people trying to save time by risking a crossing close to something that they consider quite safe is annoying, but I often have this even on a motorbike. They see that there is more room in the road to avoid the vehicle, or even using strength of numbers to force a smaller vehicle to stop is just typical of impatient people and todays rush rush rush society.
I found that holding the clutch and revving the engine on the approach to the crossing got people to scatter, but I would imagine an airzound must work at least as well to remind them of their mortality and the vehicle heading in their direction
It is an indication of the poor crossing provision and the inadequate pedestrian phase typically available for pedestrians.
This behaviour however is 'just typical of impatient people and todays rush rush rush society'.
Not convinced of this. Where I used to work there was a cross where the lights were sequenced to give more than enough time for people to cross & would switch to amber within about 5s. Once the traffic had stopped people would just walk across the road in front of cars, there were hooters going most of the day as drivers, imo quite rightly, got pissed off with pedestrians ignoring the lights. Sometimes motorist took to almost driving through the stream of pedestrians to start moving again.
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