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.