Thursday, August 31, 2006

Traffic flow anomalies

At one intersection on the way to work this morning, a tiny woman on a bicycle decided to ignore the "don't walk" light and weave her way to the other side in cross traffic. There, she proceeded to wait in the street through the next light, so she could get to the corner opposite the one she started on. When I first arrived at that starting corner, the crosswalk going the other direction was available, which means that she could have just gone that way first and saved herself a near-death experience. People confuse me.

I thought that was a bit odd, but half a block later, I saw a man skateboarding through the street. I couldn't make out any particular direction he was heading; he was swerving and curving around, through one side, the turn lane, the other side of the road, and then the turn lane again. I kept looking back, and never did see him go in any specific direction.

So for this morning, I was the least strange one, riding my self-balancing electronic scootermajig down the sidewalk.


Matthew Johnson said...

All corroborating evidence for my conjecture that Washingtonians are traffic-stupid (both drivers and pedestrians)

Louise said...

I agree with Matt. I've seen some incrediably horrible examples of pedestrians and drivers doing stupid things.