Originally Posted by lefty
I drive everywhere. More often than not it's asshole pedestrians I'm dodging, not asshole drivers.
How hard is this to understand?
As a pedestrian, motorist, and cyclist in NYC I feel like I have a pretty good grasp of what it takes to get about in a safe and aware manner.
Take this morning's scenario, I would never try to take a large vehicle and time an acceleration on a turn, through a crosswalk which has the "WALK" signal, between groups of pedestrians no more than 15 feet apart. Sheer stupidity. A driver in NYC really should be more restrained when it comes to turns into a crosswalk.
That said, I also make sure to be aware of cars coming down a street and NOT jump out in front, or anywhere near it, until it has safely passed. Same for cyclists, forcing me to look both ways for those law breaking delivery guys (I don't complain when they bring me my food quickly though...).
When on a bike I'm hyper aware of pedestrians, vehicles, signals, dogs, trash and detritus, parked cars (drivers and passengers opening doors), skate boarders, joggers, and pretty much anything else, has my fingers close to the brakes and ready to perform avoidance maneuvers. I don't run reds, I don't ride against traffic, I don't go on sidewalks, I dismount if there is signage to do so... I guess shitty drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians irk me so I try to be non-shitty in my choice of transportation.