You know what really grinds my gears?
Longboarders/ skateboarders/ bicyclists.
Last summer when I was preparing for my first year in college, I thought my biggest fear would be getting attacked while walking around at night, or flunking out of a class. I was worried that I would get lost on the first day or that I would get ran over while crossing Central on my way to get food. Never in a million years would the fear of getting hit by a longboarder be on my list. But, as I’ve experienced and gone through my first year of college, I am now aware of the hidden dangers that lurk on campus.
Every single day that I’m on campus, I’m constantly walking around in fear of getting hit by someone on their bike or longboard. I’ll be hurriedly walking to my next class when *SWOOSH* , someone skates by, nearly scraping my side! Or I’ll be walking with a large group of people, and there is always that one person who tries to (unsuccessfully) ride their bike through the crowd and ends up bumping into someone. It drives me nuts! The worst part is when I’m walking around with my headphones in and someone passes by, nearly startling me to death!…I’ll admit, that one is mostly my fault.
Another issue that I have with this is when someone on their board or bike is riding towards me, and we both do that awkward side-step thing and end up getting in each other’s way anyways. As soon as that happens, my life flashes before my eyes and I am almost certain that we are going to collide and that I’ll end up with a broken leg or something tragic. To prevent this from happening,I think there should be some type of universal code that states that everyone who comes face-to-face with this situation should just always move to their right side.
Longboarders and bicyclists truly are dangerous. I strongly remember one incident that involved a couple, a bulldog, and a skateboarder. I was walking away from the architecture building when I saw a couple walking a cute little bulldog. Suddenly, a guy on a skateboard came barreling down the sidewalk towards the couple and their dog. The bulldog was so frightened that it lunged towards the skateboarder. The man on the skateboard was startled as well and the two became entangled on the dog’s leash…needless to say, it did not end well.
Now I’m not saying all longboarders and bicyclists are bad riders, I’m just saying that the few who are, are setting a bad image for the rest. So to ensure that us walking pedestrians don’t get ran over, we need a universal direction to step aside to, wider pathways, and possible Longboarding 101 classes. Until then, I await my first, cringe-worthy run in with one of these dangerous riders.