CAUTION. . .RUNNER ON ROAD!

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I have a "bone to pick" with drivers, runners and cyclists today!  No, let me take that back. . .just drivers!  When I go for a run, particularly in the evenings, I follow all the signs, cross when I can cross and I am very aware of my surroundings.  Yet, for those who can not see me in broad daylight. . .I think you need to get your eyes checked!!! No LOL after that comment.

When you drive recklessly and pretend that you don't see me or any other person, your car has become a deadly weapon.  I can't say it's a racial thing or a gender thing. . .I have seen this happen to all kinds runners/people so I chalk it up as a stupid thing and I am kind of sick of it!  If a runner or even a walker wants to get across the street and they have that right so WAIT and let them go.  It's only a couple of seconds of your life.  If you are late to an event, you are already late and you probably didn't want to go to begin with! JUST WAIT!

In my little town in San Diego, which I love by the way, women are the worst!  I am not sure why they look over my head when they see me coming like I am not there but they do it all the time.  I have seen women actually raise up from their seat or bend over like I am this massive blob coming their way and completely ignore the fact that I am crossing.  I usually laugh because it's become ridiculous but yesterday was no laughing matter.  I'm sorry. . .no I'm not, I know what it's like to be in a hurry but I do value human life and will let a person cross.

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So, PLEASE NOTE. . .if you see a runner or a cyclist, please see the "human being" who has decided to get a workout in before or after a long day.  A person who wants to relieve some stress or someone who is out and about  to enjoy their neighborhood.  Don't make a mistake because you are in a hurry to get somewhere and hit someone. It WILL change lives forever, you will go to jail.    

Runners, be safe out there and follow all the road rules.  Stop where you need to stop, do not assume the driver can see you and know that you can get ticketed too if you don't follow the rules of the road.  Also, if you take your tunes, put it in ONE EAR and not both.  You need to know what is going on around you when you are running through a busy city or town.

If you want to know your rights on the road, here in California go to https://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/curriculum/Unit%209.pdf .  

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FYI:  Transportation for America, a public policy organization promoting improved infrastructure investment, found that between 2000 and 2009 more than 5,300 pedestrians were killed every year in vehicle-related accidents.

Government statistics don't break down fatality figures between regular pedestrians and runners but a 2010 Runners World survey of news reports found "nearly 20 runners had been killed by cars or trucks during the first 10 months of 2009, and more than 40 runners have been killed since 2004."

BE SAFE OUT THERE and DO NOT GET HIT! 

 

Nicol A Hodges

Nicol A. Hodges aka "Nic" is fitness professional (NASM, CPT/PES) and product designer living in San Diego, CA. Nicol's athletic background started in her hometown of St. Charles, MO where she earned her 400m state ranking 3 years in a row. Later, at the University of MO, Columbia she earned 8-Big 12 Track and Field titles and a championship title. Nicol currently continues her love for running by competing in local and national running events.