The passers choose to interact this way with the surroundings because is more efficient to them (it’s a shortcut), not a more pleasant experience than walking on a pavement (you end up with dusty shoes and stumbling on dirt bumps). So they choose to trade efficiency with experience.
In general, tooltips needs some improvements. Should be more helpful and more engaging. Sometimes it’s not enough a short explanatory text. This is for people who once knew what that graphic element is about but now they forgot.
Notice that iOS and Android have different user interactions when you jump from a lock screen notification directly into the app. Actually there are opposite behaviours.