Cycling and running are not only excellent forms of transportation, but even better forms of fitness. The benefits are never ending. Health, environmental impact, economical, etc. etc.
It’s heart breaking to me that it has become such a dangerous activity. Between May 17 – June 29 there were 6 deadly accidents in Sonoma County. Last week there were 2 in the Boulder CO area, and yesterday a woman only a few years older than myself — was running in Warren, PA (about 15 minutes away from my home town) and was hit from the side by a driver going 17 miles over the speed limit around a sharp corner. She was rushed to Warren County Hospital but was Heartbreakingly pronounced dead upon arrival.
(And these are just the ones that I know about…)
This is quickly becoming one of the most deadly summers for road sports in recent history. It however makes sense. As more and more people start to cycle and run, there are bound to be more accidents.
I’m angry about it, though. Very angry, in fact. We as a whole; need to stop feeling as though we own the road. Stop feeling such urgency to get places. I absolutely admit it. Living in Maryland has given me such road rage. I get frustrated every single time I make the drive downtown. This has all really given me a reality check though. I’m consciously making the effort to not get so peeved. We need to relax. We’ll get where we’re headed in due time. Life’s too short to hold such negativity for the health of your body & the life of another, if for no other reason.
I encourage, no I beg!! I beg you all to do the same. Follow the laws.. They are in place for a reason. Go the speed limit. STOP (not roll through) at stop signs. Pay attention to crosswalks. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
But what I feel can put all of these things into action; stop feeling like you own the road. You don’t. I don’t care what you try to tell me, at some point or another you’ve been irritated by a pedestrian. Maybe it truly was their fault, but most of the time we’re just frustrated that they’re slowing us down. Stop! I repeat, we don’t own the road!
The same goes for us as runners, walkers, cyclists. We certainly aren’t doing everything we can all of the time. We should always maintain traffic laws. Use arm signals. In a group trek turning across a road or intersection, have someone be the look out for the pack. Again, always be aware of your surroundings & remember that we don’t own the road.
The bottom line is, cars weigh at least… Idk 15x the weight of an average person? When it comes to a question of car vs man, car is going to win every time. Whether its at 15mph or 60, being clipped by a driver is going to lead to potentially life threatening injury.
Please be safe out there! & remember, we do not own the road!
If you aren’t 100% sure of all tragic laws as either a driver, pedestrian, or cyclist REVIEW THE LAW! You can find all laws and precautions on your states DMV website.