23 November 2009

Hating Pedestrians

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I found this gem on Dr Ian Walker's blog. Dr Walker is best known [thus far] for his study at the University of Bath that showed motorists overtaking cyclists give non-helmeted cyclists a wider berth and buzz closer to cyclist wearing them. AKA: Walker, I. (2007). Drivers overtaking bicyclists: Objective data on the effects of riding position, helmet use, vehicle type and apparent gender. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 39, 417-425.

I nicked the whole blogpost, but you simply must pop over to Dr Walker's blog and check out all the links he has integrated into the text there.

Why I Hate Pedestrians
You know what I hate? Pedestrians. That self-satisfied, striding, boot-bedecked bunch of scum. Is it just me, or does the country suddenly seem to be full of them? I've never tried walking anywhere myself -- why would I? I'm a successful adult -- but it seems I can hardly travel down the street these days without one of them stepping off the pavement in front of me without looking, their face set in a holier-than-thou expression as they jump out of the way of my car in a burst of expletives. Something clearly needs to be done, and it's good that the government are starting to realise this.

The thing is, it's not just that pedestrians are all smug and annoying when they bang on about "health" and "pollution". That's sickening enough, but if their smugness was the only problem I could just ignore them - after all, they and their silly 'shoes' flash past quick enough when I get going, and their smugness can't penetrate my car's tinted windows. But the thing is there's more to it than that, because have you noticed that even though pedestrians walk millions of miles on our road system every single day, they contribute nothing at all to the cost of that road system? They have thousands and thousands of miles of dedicated pedestrian-only travel routes -- pavements, they're called, or sidewalks if you're that way inclined -- which they don't pay a penny for! Whilst honest motorists are taxed left, right and centre, they don't pay anything at all for all these facilities they enjoy. It beggars belief.

And recently, of course, it's got worse. As I'm driving up the street I constantly come across pedestrians walking across my part of the road to get from one of these pavements to another. I mean, what the hell...? Do they want the shirt off my back as well? They've been given vast tracts of pedestrian-only routes, where I'm certainly not allowed to drive, but apparently this isn't enough for them. Oh no, they want to keep encroaching into my space as well. Sure, we've all heard these walking zealots who say that it's because the 'pavements' don't form a joined-up network, meaning they can't walk to where they want to go without having to step onto the road from time to time. Aw, bless their little hearts. To pedestrians I say this: get off my part of the road. If you walk there when I'm coming along then I'll happily run you down, that's all.

In the long term there's clearly only one solution to all this. If pedestrians want to walk on our streets, which we pay for with all our driving taxes, then they need to pay their share and take their part of the responsibility. Anybody who walks anywhere should undergo training, should have to pay an annual tax towards the facilities they enjoy, should display a license plate so they can be identified, and should each be made to carry insurance in case they are ever involved in any accidents. Until then, they can sod off back to Shoeville or wherever it is they go when they aren't freeloading off the rest of us.


Rain. Traffic.
Fuckin' freeloaders... just look at 'em all...

Brilliant stuff, Dr W. And those bipedal morons don't even wear pedestrian helmets, either. If they end up as vegetables, don't 'spect me to pay for 'em.

Whaddya call a pedestrian with no helmet? Organ donor!

And think, there's even a bloody photo book celebrating these twats and their free infrastructure?!

6 comments:

didrik said...

When I read it I was happy to finally have an opportunity to use my Vehicular Pedestrian bit. Been itching to use that for a while.

Anonymous said...

An excellent modest proposal!

Jan said...

Omg, what will Dr Walker do when he has to get out of his car to the shops. Gosh, walk I guess. That'll make him a multi modal commuter.
LOL
Every vehicle has it place but I think enclosed cars has a tendency to make one highly anti social. Same effect as iPods. We should ban both off the roads. ^_^

Anonymous said...

Good grief. Is it so much to understand pedestrians also pay taxes - and so do cyclists. We ALL pay for the use of roads, sidewalks and other areas outside our homes.
Amen, though. If another pedestrian walks in front of me without looking (especially outside the cross walks) I might be so inclined to brush them just a bit as I zip past on my bike. Rub shoulders with the big man walking...

Su Yin said...

What's scary is knowing that there will be motorists who will miss the sarcasm and agree wholeheartedly with the blog post!

Big G said...

What a bunch of humorless ninnies. I love a good satirical piece and this one was fun. Someone from the bicycle lobby actually used as an argument against paid registration of bicycles. Our city is spending 25 million of our tax dollars to fund bike routes which only 1.2 % of citizens use. Why shouldn't they contribute to the cost by paying a licensing fee? I paid one for my bicycle. ( I think it was 3 dollars I can't remember) But people are aghast at this suggestion. I don't know why my taxes go up every time we have a deficit and they shouldn't pay their fair share.