Do not park on pedestrian crossings (aka pelican crossings over here in the UK)
Really. If the traffic is moving slowly, do not blithely carry on until the queue stopping means you come to rest straddling a pedestrian crossing. Even if the traffic light is green at that point. Because when the traffic light changes to red
(as they are wont to do), and the pedestrian light flicks to green
people have to try and cross the road whilst edging around your vehicle (which is no picnic even when you're perfectly mobile, let alone if you have the extra width and awkwardness of a wheelchair or pushchair).
when drivers have
been so inconsiderate as to do that, then please do not decide that this is the optimum moment to jerk your vehicle forward
and risk killing any pedestrian who has the temerity to get across when the flaming pedestrian light is green
. Please do not shake your fist at us, either.
Conversely, thank you to all those drivers who, when there isn't
a car-length of space past the crossing, do as they should, stop
before the crossing, and wait
until there is
space before continuing. You get a big, big smile from me when I'm waiting on the side of the road and see you do that.
And this shouldn't need saying, but...don't run red lights on these crossings, either. (Or red lights full stop, obviously.) Even if you don't think you see anybody on them. I have been very nearly flattened by Mr/Ms 50mph-what-red-light? more times than I care to think about.
[Why, yes, I am
fed up of taking my life into my hands every morning when I cross that wretched road.