It's astounding what cyclists cop in Australia. Sorry to hear you had a bad time.
Hmph. Pedestrians wouldn't automatically expect a driver to see them playing chicken...would they?
I don't know what pedestrians think. The first one walking towards me and I think was drunk and wanted to ask me a question. The 2nd one was walking diagonally away from traffic across 3 lanes and didn't turn her head once to check after she started crossing. I yelled at her and she didn't flinch.