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DRIVERS LOOK OUT for runners!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

I'm sorry but I'm just so fed up w/ people who drive and don't look out for us runners, bikers, walkers. What happened to pedestrians have the right of way.

The other day I actually had to slam my hands on some guys hood so he would know I was there. He practically hit me. He was coming out of a side street and only looked 1 way, started to pull out and didn't even see me. What happened to looking both ways before you go. That's not the first time something like that has happened while running.

Then there are the people who pull up over the cross walk so you either have to go out in the street to get around them or way behind them. It's just rude I think.

The worst are the people who park on the sidewalk. I thought sidewalks were for people. What! people running by should have to risk getting hit by running in the road so your precious car doesn't get scratched. I voiced this to some people who stopped at a yard sale right in front of me as I was running. Am I the invisible runner or does this happen to other people.

Anyway my point is PLEASE try to be more considerate to runners and other pedestrians out on the road when your driving. Just make a point to look out.

Feel much better now that I've vented, lol
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    I have to agree with most of this. I say most because I live in the state of Washington and the subject of pulling up and taking over the side walk happens often because everyone parks on the side of the road all the way up to the curb (I guess this is legal up here!). Anyways, you pretty much have to pull up nearly past these cars in order to see traffic coming and going and due to that, you end up blocking the sidewalk. I never had this issue in AZ, just out here.

    I use to run and ride all the time and yes, I dealt with all these issue. Just last week I saw a biker get hit by a SUV...ugh and they were both at a red light and he was crossing on a walk. Some people just don't care.
    3894 days ago
    Ah, the old runners vs. cars dilemma. As a former runner turned cyclist, I know your frustration well. Unfortunately, cyclists are even more in peril because we share roads, shoulders, and adjacent bike lanes with cars—often who are inattentive, speeding, or both. Oh, and don't even get me started of the runner vs cyclist dilemma that exists on mulit-purpose trails. Oi! That is a whole separate rant.

    Drivers and runners each have rights and responsibilities. We should all anticipate each other for safety and civility's sake. I'd like to make the following suggestions to runners and drivers:

    1. Drivers: Slow down! Especially in areas where runners may be (trails, parks, intersections)
    2. Drivers: Keep all your windows clean so you can see clearly.
    3. Drivers: Get off your cell phone!
    4. Drivers: Look both ways! Especially when turning right. Typically drivers concentrate on the left.
    5. Runners: Wear reflective vests and clothing so you are more easily seen.
    6. Runners: Look and listen for traffic. Most of us like to run with our iPods, but make sure you can hear traffic.
    6. Runners: Anticipate traffic at intersections.
    3982 days ago
  • TAMTAM64
    Well Said!!
    3982 days ago
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    I agree with you! It is unnerving to ride my bike and think that I might be hit. I always see too extremes...people who swerve way over in the other lane and then people who drive by right next to me.
    Crazy!! I don't want to think about what would happen if I was distracted for even a minute.
    Thanks for venting!:)
    3982 days ago


    3983 days ago
    I hear ya!! I've been hit by a car while bicycling, and routinely have pounded on the hoods or truncks of cars that don't get the meaning of a STOP sign. Personally, I think they need to legalize Star-Wars type lasers that bicyclists and runners are allowed to carry to legitimately vaporize the inconsiderate drivers' cars (wouldn't want to actually hurt the driver :-).

    Anyway... it's good to vent sometimes. You may be preaching to the wrong audience here ... but go for it!! I'll be happy to pound hoods (and vaporize cars) with you :-)

    3983 days ago
    I agree!! Many time when I am running, drivers are not considerate at all with our right of way. I had a guy pail out of a street and almost run my foot over a few months back. I am sure if the shoe was on the other foot, they would be just as angry... I don't get people sometimes. GLad however that you are SAFE!!!!
    3983 days ago
    I have been lucky enough to have never come close to being hit and I see more drivers where I am giving me a wide berth.

    But, a couple of weeks ago I got to a crosswalk and jogged in place while 10 cars when past and did not stop. Hello, it's the law to stop a cross walks!! And there was no excuse as it was painted bright red and was very noticeable.
    3983 days ago
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