Sunday, August 17, 2008

Drivers and Walkers and Cyclists- Oh My!

So I drive. And I am also occasionally a pedestrian. (Really?! OMG Princess- it's amazing the way you and I have something so obscure in common!) Ahem. Sorry, I couldn't come up with a more fascinating intro. Anyways, this is going to be one of those posts where I simply rant about one of my pet peeves.

Yesterday I'm in a parking lot of a mall with the sole purpose of finding a post office to mail out my blog prizes. Now I hate parking lots. You know why? Because people seem to think that they don't have to adhere to the normal rules of driving/cycling/walking when in them.

Now I can't speak for everywhere, but this particular parking lot has pretty much the same set up for traffic as the street. I.e Stop signs, cross walks, bus stops, sidewalks etc. So one would think that one would do the same thing that they normally do when outside.

But no, it seems to me that when people get into "parking lot mode" all rules and regulations go right out the window. It's like they're just soclose to that shoe sale that they simply cannot show some common courtesy to those around them.

Cyclists? Ugh, that's a rant in and of itself. I personally think all cities everywhere should have specific cycling lanes. I saw them in London and think they were the best invention EVER. (Next To Harry Potter and the Spice Girls of course). But here- the cyclists just zoom in and out and don't seem to care that they're freaking the hell out of drivers.

Pedestrians? If you simply cannot walk the 12 extra steps to a cross-walk, can you at least look both ways before darting out into traffic? Seriously - would you let your children do this?

Other cars? C'mon- just wait a few seconds and let those pedestrians go. They have just as much right and important tasks to do at the mall as you.

I'm not a particular fan of malls period. I would far prefer to spend a few extra dollars and go to a little boutique store, simply because I have such a hate on for ...well people. But when I do go to the mall? Or anywhere that has a huge-ass parking lot? Yeah, it doesn't do anything to soothe my hatred of that experience.

And don't even get me started on going to Wal-Mart both in the store and outside in the parking lot. My. Own. Personal. Hell.

End rant.



Anonymous said...

Im with you on Wal-Mart, I love it and hate it.
Im sure you have noticed that when we go shopping I tend to park as far away from the doors. This might help you in the future!!!
Speaking of shopping, Im now off to safway to get some food!

Shana-Marie said...
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Shana-Marie said...

I hate parking lots too! Everyone's going all willy nilly there, and it's just insane! I don't know how many times we've almost gotten hit because some idiot didn't look before backing out...
As for malls, they'd be great without the people... Sadly though, my interview is at a store at the mall...

Chief Rock Chef said...

As a cyclist, one of my personal rules is:

My survival depends on others following the rules. Therefore I must also obey the rules.

I hate cyclists who do the zooming in and out thing, it drives me nuts!

Clay Perry said...

people have no grasp of what they do... to them all they do is fine, but when you do the same thing... they get mad.

Glamourpuss said...

The cycle lanes here don't seem to stop the cyclists weaving in and out of traffic, ignoring red lights, riding through pedestrian crossings and riding on the pavements. Bastards.


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