Idotiic pedestrians

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08/11/2012 at 16:45

ok, running to and from work sounds like a good way to get some runs in and commute at the same time, but just try doing it in central London.

on recent experiments, i've faced idiotic groups of lads trying to throw me off stride; dim-witted family groups walking 5-abreast, then not getting out of the way and forcing me on to the road; and numerous groups of people at bus stops with absolutely no spatial awareness or idea that people might be coming towards them. and don't even get me started on the text-while-you-walkers...frankly it's just not worth it

seren nos    pirate
08/11/2012 at 17:06

how dare they actually walk on the pavement.the cheek of it........they of course should go off their own walk and make way for the great and mighty he is so much worthy of the pavement as he can run

08/11/2012 at 17:24
seren nos wrote (see)

how dare they actually walk on the pavement.the cheek of it........they of course should go off their own walk and make way for the great and mighty he is so much worthy of the pavement as he can run

Erm, five people walking abreast taking up the entire width of the pavement...  Whether the single person coming the other way is running, walking or whatever, it's simple common sense, let alone courtesy, for any one of them to move over a few inches so that everyone has room to use the pavement.  The fact that this doesn't even occur to people when they can see someone coming in the other direction from a hundred yards off does my fucking nut in all the time.

(When someone does move over, a polite acknowledgement doesn't go amiss, but that's beside the point.)

08/11/2012 at 17:27
Nail on the head PhilPub.
08/11/2012 at 17:29

I had a similar problem with a bunch of idiots in one of our local parks not long ago.  There must have been about 20 of them, occupying the entire path - three or four abreast and six or seven deep.  None of them moved to let me by - I was running towards them.  Fekkin' local running club.

08/11/2012 at 17:32

On my recent experiements running along a canal path I rarely meet a single soul, opps...sorry that isn't helping!

seren nos    pirate
08/11/2012 at 17:35

run off road over the mountains.hardly ever run into someone..............if i was walking down the pavement keeping an eye on 3 or 4 children i would not be ready for runners.......

with walkers you have time to see them coming and start the routine of getting the kids into a straight line for them to pass..runners are too fast to give you that time

08/11/2012 at 17:40
baldbloke wrote (see)


I lolled.  You seem a little upset friend.

08/11/2012 at 18:25

It's probably not so much runner vs pedestrian as Central London. You're going to get crowds on the pavements and they're going to get in your way even if they are paying attention. Sheer numbers.

Give it up and find a park or an embankment. I wish it wasn't so, but this is one you can't win.

08/11/2012 at 18:31

What I hate is when you're approaching a walker from behind down a narrow road.

They generally hear your presence and turn around and you think, they'll obviously make sure we don't collide.

However they then don't move.

Where do they think you were going to go in those few seconds of time?

08/11/2012 at 18:41

By and large i just move to the road. For every ten walkers, there is probably seven that will move, and three that wont. I guess i can live with those odds. Running is very therapeutic for me, its my me time, and not my stress time. If i get het up about peoples behaviour, i would probably have to quit running, since it would become like driving, and more a chore. I am still waiting for the moment i go crashing into a car, as it pulls out a driveway.

08/11/2012 at 20:20

Intermanaut has fair point about running clubs...although at last weeks club run in central london, we tried to introduce a no-more-than-3-abreast rule after a series of incidents involving the gigantic 7.30m/m pace group wreaking havoc as they storm down Constitution Hill...

09/11/2012 at 09:42

It's not just a london problem, its everywhere.  And it drives me nuts when people will not move over when you are walking the other way let alone running. I always seem to have to go onto the road or verge.

09/11/2012 at 10:01

And cyclists who are on the pavement that is not a cycle path. At this time of the year they go on the pavements as they havent got any lights on so think its too dangerous for them to be on the road. I will often play chicken with these morons and, fortunately, I have won on each occassion. As we get closer I stare them out, shake my head and I will start shouting that they are feckin morons and too get off the feckin pavement.  

There are also the cars that park half on the pavement. Sometimes you can see the owners chatting in the garden of the house they are visiting so I will deliberatly bang in to their wing mirrors which will make a loudish noise so the driver can hear. If they say anything to me I just point out that they are parked illegally and ask them if they would like me to ring the police on their behalf so that they can report the incident.

As ghostrider says, there are also the idiots who reverse out of their driveways. I will deliberatly bang or kick their car which causes them to stop and get out. I will happily disucss the situation with them and when I tell them I was fearing for my safety because of their illegal manouvre they seem to be ok with that.

Not an ideal approach by me but these idiots do my head in.


09/11/2012 at 10:02

I got really annoyed when I was pedestrianising the other day because this baldbloke barrelled into me while I was texting and then told me to go forth and multiply. Sod.

09/11/2012 at 10:06

Peter - you should have had you ipod on then you wouldn't have heard him either..

09/11/2012 at 10:11

I'll get in my car and run him down next time.

09/11/2012 at 10:12

It's commonly known that that a minority of militant and inconsiderate cyclists give all cyclists a bad name.

It seems that the same is true of runners.



edit... this post doens't refer to the one immediately above it...  that was a cross posting!

Edited: 09/11/2012 at 10:14
09/11/2012 at 10:13

By the way, Carter, I have the number of a great anger management specialist.

09/11/2012 at 10:18

It's not the people who genuinely don't hear me coming or are not paying attention and practically walk into me that bother me the most, it's the ones that deliberately get in my way.

Some people seem to have a real problem with runners and will do as much as possible to obstruct us, more than they would do for a pedestrian. I've had people walking towards me 4 abreast on a narrow bit of pavement, I edged over to one side to give them room to pass and one of them deliberately moved into my way. So I ran straight at him, that made him move  Also had a cantankerous old git telling his wife to "move over a bit, she can go in the road if she wants to run". I didn't run into her but I did slow down as I passed and say "thanks for being so considerate, would you have called an ambulance if I got hit by a bus after you forced me into the road?".

No wonder runner's always "find" the bodies

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