I just saw you the other day and wanted to express my concern. Because, well, you see, I believe you are acting as an unprofessional and unprepared pedestrian and bicyclist. Or at least an ignorant one.
I’m worried, for example, that you prefer to wear black or dark colors at night. That when you ride your bicycle you don’t wear a helmet or flashing lights on the wheels. And the other day, my friend stated that you were riding on the road going the wrong direction at 5:00 in the morning. It doesn’t matter that the roads were nearly empty, she almost hit you!
What is more is that I keep seeing you crossing the street when a crosswalk is twenty feet away or when it is solid red. Don’t you know how unsafe that is?
Thankfully, the one time I called out to you when you were with your friend you heeded my warning and moved to grasp the orange flag of sanctuary before something dire could occur, but honestly I can’t keep an eye out for you forever!
Dick, don’t you know how much I care about you? It may seem like bossiness is inherent in my personality, which is unfortunately true, but it’s more than that. We’re nearly into the middle of winter and the Christmas season has started. The roads are getting busier and the nights colder, not to mention darker. When inattentive shoppers are making their way to and from their destinations they’re not going to keep an eye out for you. So what you must do is prepare yourself and walk defensively.
Please, Dick, wear clothing that is bright and eye-catching. If you’re walking, something reflective is best. Include a flashing light and a bicycle helmet among your transportation staples. Follow all laws, including those that may seem unimportant to you.
Sure, running across the street when the crosswalk says not to may turn out fine in an instance or two. But you’re regret any and all impulsive decisions when you realize that the train is coming and you’re stuck in the middle.
I really do care about you, despite your general lack of intelligence.
So, from one professional pedestrian to another, be smart and be safe this Christmas season.