Nearly hit on a zebra

I am not usually a pedestrian.  I often leave the house and become a passenger in a motorcar, and maybe later a train, or more probably I mount my bicycle. 

Today with the rain on and off I thought I would walk the short distance I needed to go.  Using a car would be sinful to those around me who have to breathe in the needless fumes and using my bicycle would have been sinful to me as it’s a precious being who cannot get dirty.  Dirty rain water makes grit stick.  Eww.

So there I was, walking.  A proper pedestrian.  I was armed with an umbrella but dressed in the hope that the sun shone.  See my photo below.

On my way home, I stopped at Sainsbury’s.  With a pineapple, grapes and blueberries in my rucksack, I left the shop, and went to cross the zebra crossing.  Half way across I noticed from my left a van at a distance quickly approaching.  The van hit the brakes suddenly.  It was one of those moments I felt myself tense as I thought I was going to be hit.  I was shaken and couldn’t even look at the motorist.  How could I not be seen?

I turned and saw him enter the car park.  He had earphones in and was holding his mobile phone.  How can someone in charge of such a powerful vehicle do that?  I assume he was on the phone and trying to do hands-free, albeit failing spectacularly.  He should turn his phone off and concentrate on the road in front of him.  A study has shown even hands-free is equally as bad as using a hand-held device.  The fact the device was held in his hand was illegal.  The distraction could have injured or killed me. 

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Me.  How could anyone not see those shorts?

Me.  How could anyone not see those shorts?

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