An Open Letter to Pedestrians of what NOT to do

Let me preface this with: I am not those types of drivers who speed up to try and make the orange light. I used to be, but it just wasn’t worth it, and quite frankly what’s another 30 seconds or so?

I am also not a speed monkey. I don’t like going over the speed limit if it is unsafe and I can help it, and if I ever do cross north of the speed limit, it isn’t more than 5 km/h or so.

So pedestrians, please be careful and DO NOT do any of the following:

1. Stand in the road, rather than well onto the sidewalk.


Because when I am turning left or right, I just might hit you, because you’re standing on a road that is narrow for a car of my size to begin with.

I can judge the turning, I can go slow, but you are making it a HELL Of a lot harder by standing in the street and not on the sidewalk.

I really don’t want to run over your toes.

2. Dash out in front of my car without catching my attention first

If I see you, why not?

If you just decide to cross while I am waiting at a light, without any pause or warning that you are doing so, I JUST MIGHT HIT YOU.

Surprised? YOu shouldn’t be, or else you’d have crossed at the light or taken more of a precaution for your precious life, stored in your smooshable body.

Also, just because someone lets you go on one lane, doesn’t mean the other person will. Someone could be kind enough to wave you by, but if it’s a two-lane road, check that the second lane is also free. This goes for cars AND pedestrians.

3. Crossing when the lights are not meant for you

Seriously, I may just be looking at the fact that the light is green, and driving through.

If you decide to dash out in front when it is MY turn to go, I will try to brake very hard and miss you, but why would you put me in that position?

I don’t want to hit you.

I don’t want to hit anyone for that matter.

I have a right of way as per my green light, so I am not likely to think that I’d have to stop at any moment.

Please! I can’t see you sometimes!!

4. Being a bicyclist or pedestrian and trying to squeeze past my car on the right

I am very good with bicyclists, I think.

I go extra slow, I try to give them a wide berth, and if they need to take up space in front of me because the road is too narrow, I don’t sweat it if they’re pedaling as fast as they can, but are still slower than my car.

I chill out, crank up the tunes and wish that it was safer in the city so that -I- could bike to work too.

But please don’t try and sneak up and pass me on my right-hand side no less, where I have blind spots, and are unable to see your tiny self on your tiny bicycle (in comparison to my tiny self in a huge vehicle).

5. Not being careful at night when you are wearing all black or very dark colours

Please be careful. If you are wearing all black, with a black cap, and a black winter coat, with black pants.. I am not likely to see you as easily against the dark night.

I try to be careful, but if you are crossing without checking, or dashing out in front of cars because you think you’re invincible, you are going to get in trouble one day.

Any others you want to add to this list?

About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.