So maybe the term isn’t so common yet but pedestrian rage is definitely a ‘thing’, I see it every day in London. 😤
Tutting, huffing and puffing at slow moving buggy pushers, the five friends who walk side by side taking up the entire width of the pavement, the sound of an irritable voice clearing it’s throat purposefully in your ear (presumably a euphemism for I’d like to get passed please).
Oh and the classic evil glare from pedestrian to driver, where the driver fails to indicate on a corner.
I see people dodging traffic, daring drivers ‘not to slow down’ for them while the traffic lights are still green. 🚦 Not so much of a dare in other parts of the world though, more like a way of life….
The road runners
Next you’ve got the rushers, darting around like there’s no tomorrow, (even indoors). You are always in ‘their way’ – admittedly there have been occasions where I’ve longed for a fast path/lane for pedestrians on certain streets, and a slow lane for the more leisurely or sight seeing orientated pedestrian. 😊
Speaking of which, what’s happening with all that talk about pedestrianising Oxford Street – a brilliant idea…is that still going ahead? 🙌
Now don’t get me started on the cyclists who miraculously decide to shape shift into pedestrians when the green man appears at a crossing – pedestrians on wheels!! 🤨 🚴🏼♀️
Then there are those moments when pedestrians do what I call the ‘which way dance’ where both choose the same side of the pavement thinking the other person will choose the other, both bopping from left to right, sometimes its funny, sometimes not. 💃🏻 🕺🏽
Worse still, the pedestrians who have firmly decided they will not ‘give way’ and refuse to budge an inch to let another walk by. 🥊
Pedestrian rage is real, it’s not just road rage!
Have you been affected?