I was walking around the city the other day, headphones on, rocking out. I’d just crossed the street, and took a step to the left off of the curb, getting ready to turn left and immediately cross another street. I heard a squeal (which in retrospect was the sound of bike brakes on the rims) and felt a thud against my left shoulder. Before I knew what was happening, I saw a guy smack onto the pavement in front of me. I’d just blindly walked in front of a cyclist riding in the road next to the curb, knocking him to the ground.
It is not uncommon for us cyclists to think that we, among all of the road users, have a more objective opinion. This is not necessarily hubris or arrogance, but due to the fact that most cyclists are also occasionally motorists. Not only do we ride bicycles, but we often drive too. So, goes the logical argument, we can see both sides. It is difficult for me to know for sure if this opinion is accurate or objective – as it is my particular perspective as well.