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Carz

This is pretty disgusting, honestly.

Why are they getting publicity without being punished for, I don’t know, blatantly breaking the law for pretty much this whole journey?

The more I walk, the more I realize just how much the world is catered towards cars/driving compared to other forms of transportation. And it really bothers me.

Sorry, I just found this article today and it’s all I’ve been able to think about,

Another rant, haha

Sorry, I’m in rant-mode this week.

Alright, so one of the malls I walk to all the time is North Hill Centre. The reason I frequent this mall so much is because it’s in between UC and my apartment, meaning I can walk there from school, get grocery nonsense at Safeway, and walk home fairly easily.

To get to the mall form across the street, you have to go over this above-highway walkway thingy. Here’s Google Maps to help you visualize this:

mall1

(Do you like my super professional-looking labeling?)

Let’s zoom in on the mall parking lot, shall we?

mall2

Oh, what’s this yellow painted walkway? A corridor for pedestrians to get through the parking lot, perhaps?

Why yes it is! Look, the Google Maps shot even has pedestrians utilizing it!

So how come every time I go to that damn mall there’s at least one car parked in that yellow walkway?

Seriously. Do they really think that’s a special little parking spot for them? Do they not realize it’s a WALKWAY for LEGS??

It wouldn’t bother me so much if it wasn’t so hard to cross right there (okay, maybe it still would), but the way the other parking spots are arranged makes it hard for the cars to see you and you to see the cars. Heck, even when the walkway’s clear you basically have to step out into the lot to see if there are any cars coming. So why not add the obstacle of one or two drivers thinking that they’re super special and allowed to park in the shiny yellow spots?

*frustrated pedestrian mumbling*

Pedestrian Rant

There are two types of drivers here:

  1. Those who are super, super courteous to pedestrians and will stop like half a block away to let you cross the street and/or who will smile and wave at you when you take 3 minutes to cross because you’re trucking through two feet of slush.
  2. Those who will mow you down because they’re on their phone/are far too important to wait at most 15 seconds for you to cross the street/both of the above/taxi drivers.

Seriously, the taxi drivers like swerve to mow down pedestrians here. “Y U NO PAY ME FARE TO GET WHERE UR GOING HOW ABOUT I TAKE OUT YOUR LEGS THEN YOU’LL HAVE TO USE MY SERVICES HAHAHAHAHA”

(Or so they appear to be thinking.)

I don’t think I ever had a close call with a car in Vancouver; here I’ve had at least three. Not cool, Calgarians, not cool!

(Except for those of you drivers who are very pedestrian-aware. You guys rock.)

THE END!