pwa wrote:mjr wrote:pwa wrote:Any vehicle travelling along a footway at speed is almost certainly out of control and isn't going to respond to any precautions I take.
The footway drivers I see are definitely in control and just don't want to wait for the traffic turning right. They won't respond to any precautions because they're reckless and should be prevented from driving before they injure people. Although you disagree, I think the same is true of the ones who hit unlit road users on the carriageway.
I'd certainly not defend what that driver appears to be about to do, but I honestly never see that around here. Not even in the congested mess that is Cardiff. On the whole, around here, a pedestrian on the pavement is fairly safe. We all hear of exceptions to that, but mostly the footway is safe. The danger level ramps up when you move onto the tarmac designated for general traffic.
I'm surprised if pavement motoring doesn't happen anywhere in South Wales because it's pretty widespread nationally, almost being seen as normalised by custom. If I travel for 10 miles along pavemented rural/subsurban roads, I can be fairly sure of seeing at least one pavement driver at speed, and pavement driving is clearly widespread in town because often, in the words of baby bear, "and they're still there!" as pavement parkers.
There are also a lot of tyre "swooshes" onto and off of rural/suburban pavements in this sort of muddy winter weather. Are you sure you're just not noticing pavement motoring because it's now so commonplace?
Lots of them have daytime lights on, so you should be able to see them
Also, much as I'd love it to be otherwise, IIRC it's hard to demonstrate the danger level ramping up, even for pedestrians walking in the carriageway - but that may be because pedestrians have been bullied off such routes.