Be careful of pedestrians

First published in Postbag

TO all those people who live and visit our city, please, please will you stop and think when crossing our roads?

Last weekend, I and my two children, aged nine and 10, were taking a walk around the city but it was with great sadness that I noticed people not stopping at the crossings and not waiting for the little green man on the crossings.

I got so cross because how can I teach my children the correct way to cross a road when other people do not?

Josephine Dovey (with help from Natasha Dovey, 10, and Nathaniel Dovey, 9), Salisbury

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9:58am Fri 8 Aug 14

AuraTodd says...

This is a fair point. In Germany you are not allowed to cross the road unless the green man sign shows, if you do you can be cautioned by police for jaywalking. We should all be setting an example in front of the younger generation.

Wot does annoy me is people standing in the middle of the pavement rabbiting to each other forcing people who are trying to get bye into the road and into the path of oncoming traffic.

Has anyone else experienced this please?
This is a fair point. In Germany you are not allowed to cross the road unless the green man sign shows, if you do you can be cautioned by police for jaywalking. We should all be setting an example in front of the younger generation. Wot does annoy me is people standing in the middle of the pavement rabbiting to each other forcing people who are trying to get bye into the road and into the path of oncoming traffic. Has anyone else experienced this please? AuraTodd
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11:47pm Sat 9 Aug 14

karlmarx says...

This is something which is becoming more and more common these days, people simply wandering into the roads while tapping away at their smartphones or listening to music on their headphones. I lose count of the number of pedestrians whose lives I save each day by anticipating their next move, which is invariably to wander obliviously into the path of traffic, sometimes a mere 5 yards from a crossing.
And to the chap who thinks it's a good idea to skateboard along Fisherton street in the rush hour, buses are big, heavy, and don't take any prisoners.
This is something which is becoming more and more common these days, people simply wandering into the roads while tapping away at their smartphones or listening to music on their headphones. I lose count of the number of pedestrians whose lives I save each day by anticipating their next move, which is invariably to wander obliviously into the path of traffic, sometimes a mere 5 yards from a crossing. And to the chap who thinks it's a good idea to skateboard along Fisherton street in the rush hour, buses are big, heavy, and don't take any prisoners. karlmarx
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3:23pm Sun 10 Aug 14

AuraTodd says...

How about that idiot cyclist with the orange and beige trailer on the back who rides at god knows what speed along the river path from Five Rivers Leisure center into town. I was almost knocked off the path by his trailer which was bouncing from side to side, also he knocked a girl off her bike and didn't stop. I saw him yesterday racing twice over the bridge between the Maltings cafe and Weatherspoons!
How about that idiot cyclist with the orange and beige trailer on the back who rides at god knows what speed along the river path from Five Rivers Leisure center into town. I was almost knocked off the path by his trailer which was bouncing from side to side, also he knocked a girl off her bike and didn't stop. I saw him yesterday racing twice over the bridge between the Maltings cafe and Weatherspoons! AuraTodd
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