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A note to drivers… and runners

This morning, I had a close encounter with a few cars while out running.  I understand that runners are hard to see, especially in the dark, but this is what I was wearing:

An open letter to drivers.. and runners

A head lamp and a good reflective vest

Oh and this all happened while I was attempting to cross at an intersection.

I was on the south-east corner of an intersection waiting to cross the street.  When my light turned green and I had the “walk” signal, I looked behind me to see if it was safe for me to cross.  A car was heading northbound with its right hand turn signal on, so I hesitated, sure enough it barely slowed down to turn right in front of me.  As I stood on the sidewalk, I looked behind me again, and yet another car was approaching with its signal light on, it also barely slowed down to turn in front of me.  A third car approached with its signal light on, thankfully that one saw me and came to a stop to allow me to cross.  I started to cross, but then noticed a southbound car making a left hand turn, the car didn’t see me and raced through the intersection.  

UGH!

THREE cars didn’t see me as I waited to cross!

My guess is that these drivers were in a rush to get to the commuter train down the street from where I was crossing. 

HEY DRIVERS…
SLOW DOWN!!

I’m totally frustrated because this exact scenario happens a lot. So I thought I would take to my blog to remind drivers to SLOW DOWN and LOOK FOR PEDESTRIANS!

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HEY DRIVERS…
LOOK FOR PEDESTRIANS!!

I totally understand that pedestrians are hard to see in the dark, so I also thought I’d remind people who are out running, walking, or cycling after dark to WEAR LIGHTS AND REFLECTIVE CLOTHING! Safety is just as much our responsibility as it is drivers. 

HEY PEDESTRIANS…
WEAR LIGHTS AND REFLECTIVE CLOTHING!!

I posted a picture of me in my morning running gear in a community chat group and drivers were quick to remind me that pedestrians also have to look both ways before barging into an intersection, to walk/run on the sidewalk, and if cycling, cycle on the proper side of the road, so I thought I’d also pass those tips along:

HEY PEDESTRIANS…
LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE CROSSING THE STREET,
CROSS AT INTERSECTIONS
AND WALK/RUN ON THE SIDEWALK!!

 A wise person in the chat shared this gem with me that I thought I would pass along:

"Drivers should assume that pedestrians and cyclists are trying to commit suicide; pedestrians and cyclists should assume that every driver is a homicidal maniac. Adjust accordingly."

I’m not saying all drivers are bad, nor all pedestrians, what I’m saying is that we all have a role to play in safety.  

I may regret opening up the conversation on this post, but here goes:

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 Pedestrians, have you ever been almost hit by drivers not watching for pedestrians?
Drivers, have you ever almost hit a pedestrian that didn’t look before crossing?

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