This advice, dispensed to me shortly after I moved to Paris, was shared in an effort to help me navigate the craziness of these crowded, vibrant streets. “When driving in Paris, just look ahead,” my mate said. It’s good guidance, indeed, and has served me well.
To be honest, though, it isn’t enough.
Those sitting behind the wheel aren’t always aware, 100% focused on the road, the surroundings…it’s a lot to take in. And, even the most alert and engaged drivers encounter unavoidable situations that result in property damage, injury or worse.
Drivers are human, as are the bikers, pedestrians and everyone sharing the avenues and sidewalks of cities and towns all over the world. And, there will always be human error. That person looking at their digital map instead of the traffic signal; the driver distracted by another vehicle and unaware of the cyclist beside them; or the newly-licensed teenager backing out of a parking space that doesn’t see the woman pushing the shopping cart.