I am a pedestrian. I can drive but I choose not to. When I learnt to drive the roads were quieter and people were not such morons. So for the last nearly 14 years I have been a pedestrian and an user of public transport. I like walking places. I usually don't have headphones on and I feel really grounded with the world around me as I walk. Sure an audio book would be better than traffic sounds but there is that disconnected feeling you get when what you hear is not what you see which I don't like.
Recently though I have become a disgruntled pedestrian. I can't help but notice that courtesy has died. When walking down a path wide enough for 2 people I hate encountering 2 or more people coming the other way. Why? Because they generally do not move at all. As I see it you have 3 options. 1. Get in single file thus leaving enough space for everyone to walk. 2. Get half behind each other thus leaving almost enough space for the person coming the other way. 3. Just carry on walking and make the other person either step into the road or get railroaded into a wall. Guess which one seems to happen the most? Yup, option 3. How did this happen? At what point did it become acceptable to make someone step into traffic rather than stop talking to your friend for a moment? I just don't get it.
So there is that. But other than inconsiderate people I still like walking most places. It's getting cold now and my nose tingles as I walk. I'm starting to need to put more layers on. Come Winter time there will be ice to deal with which is always interested. Especially with the hill I have to walk to work. Then in Spring there will be daffodils to spot. And finally Summer when it is just too darned warm to walk that hill ^_^ I think I can put up with a few rude people and still enjoy my walks.