…today’s effort on the commute home takes the cake. And, for once, this is not a motorist v cyclist observation.
I often cross Commonwealth Ave bridge (city-bound) on my way home and today on the approach to the Parkes Way exit (roughly in line with the Futsal court) I noticed the traffic in all three lanes was slowing down. However, from 100m or so back there was no visible sign as to why. Sometimes the left lane will come close to a stop if a cyclist is crossing one of the exit ramps, but why were all three lanes affected?
I was in the far right lane and the middle lane had a space if I wanted it. The cars ahead of me were all braking so I moved into the middle lane, probably only doing about 30-40km/h at this point. Now, with less cars in front of me, I could see the cause for the delay.
Standing in the middle of the far right lane was a mother (presumably) with a small child in each hand. At a guess the two kids were around 4-5 years of age. So, with no pedestrian access in sight, instead of thinking standing on the road with three lanes of traffic bearing down on her was a very bad idea, mum progressed further into the middle lane and continued on her way, forcing the left and middle lanes to come to a near stop so she could continue her safe passage across all three lanes.
I was gobsmacked at this unthinkable display of irresponsibility. This was no young, down on her luck Mum, either, she looked old enough to know much, much better. Amazing!
If nothing else, this provides some new fodder to discuss in regards to commuting in our fair town.