The Rules of the Road

I almost ran over a guy on a bike one day. You wanna know why? He was riding his bike, after nightfall, wearing dark clothing, and going the wrong way down a one way street. Not only that, he was riding on the wrong side of the road.

Welcome to one of my biggest pet peeves: irresponsible runners and cyclists. Look, I love exploring town by foot and by bike as well. But the reality is, cars and trucks move a heck of a lot faster than I do, so it’s a good idea to get out of their way. Sometimes it just seems like people are trying to get hit…like tonight, when I was driving home in the dark snowy gloom and someone was biking against traffic over an interstate entrance ramp. What? Why would you do that?

For the record, cyclists should ride in the same direction as traffic. Runners should run in the opposite direction of traffic. It’s not that hard, folks.

And runners, don’t forget that you should always pass other runners, walkers, etc. on the left, not the right! That’s happened to me one too many times recently and it’s definitely another one of my pet peeves (not to mention a safety concern.)

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