If you hit someone at 30mph with your vehicle, they have a 40% chance of not surviving the collision. If you hit them at 40mph, they have an 80% chance of not making it. The road right in front of my house is 30mph and people constantly fly up and down it going 40-50. It infuriates me that my next trip crossing the street to my mailbox could mean I end up in a casket tomorrow because many people place no value on human life other than them and their own.
I watched you walk into a sign today. No phone. Just walking. you looked up, hand on your face. You caught my eye. We stood there, looking at each other. You knew, I knew. For a second we stood together in a moment of understanding. Your shame for running into a sign, and my sorrow that someone had to see you. The beautiful moment ended, and you walked away forever. Farewell my friend.
This morning I witnessed a fellow runner attempt to social distance themselves around other sidewalk pedestrians by bolting into the bike lane very suddenly. They were running with the flow of traffic and were almost taken out by a bike as the cyclist approached them from behind. The runner had failed to look behind them prior to their action, and wearing earbuds, so they didn’t hear or see the cyclist approaching.
I see this happen multiple times DAILY. I’ve also seen runners take up a bike lane while running while not being aware of their surroundings. This causes some interesting interactions when a bike lane is protected, and cyclists have no way to safely get around the oblivious runner.
TL;DR - PLEASE be aware of your surroundings. Run safe, run happy ✌🏽
They have the right of way, not us. This means that, just like when you're driving in a car, if you see pedestrians on or waiting at a crosswalk/stop sign, slow down and let them pass. Honestly you don't even have to stop most of the time, just communicate that you're slowing down to let them pass.
If you demand cars treat you with respect on the road and recognize when you have the right of way, please extend that logic to yourself when pedestrians want to use the road. They deserve to feel safe on the road just like we do.
One thing I really like about Ottawa are the mixed use trails that are available. I love the fact that I can bike from Kanata to the Parliament buildings and only have a few places where I have to go on a road, and that's primarily for crossings. I love the fact that these paths go through some beautiful landscapes, and that some run right along the river. I use these paths on a regular basis, both as a pedestrian and a cyclist.
What I do not love, however, is a sizeable chunk of the people that use these paths. My ire is generally towards cyclists, but I've seen more than a few dumbass pedestrians as well. This rant is a long time coming, but I just had an experience this evening that made me want to type this up.
First, let's start with pedestrians, as I only have a couple things to state here:
My toddler and I were just crossing AT a CROSSWALK on Johnson Drive and I had to run backwards out of the crosswalk 3 times because people were zooming around the guy that stopped for us and almost hit the stroller. It really upset me considering they were close enough to look us in the eye and could have killed my kid just to go faster in the suburbs in the middle of the day. If someone is stopped, people really need to stop and consider why they are stopped before zooming around them; if you see a crosswalk, it’s probably that. The thing is, I see this all the time. It’s not worth hitting someone just to shave 30 seconds off your day.
Treat each other well, and be careful out there.
I've watched Luka play A LOT over the last two years. Every time I watch a Mavs game or see highlights, the dude is CLEARLY one of the top 3 players in the league.
Which is why it was surprising to look at his career stats - just over 44% FGs and just over 32% 3pts. The FG% is certainly lower than average, and the 3pt% is right on the button as average. How come this guy plays like a superstar but puts up average percentages? Thank you!
At tomorrow's (Tuesday the 25th) city council meeting, at 1 p.m., the council is going to begin discussing making the Square pedestrian-only and closed to parking and traffic from Friday evenings through Sunday evenings. If this happens, it's going to be really bad for a lot of local businesses, because the weekend is typically the most important time of week for them! Find your city council member and give them a call or hit them up on Facebook to tell them NO! You can also call the council meeting between 12:30 and 1 p.m. or submit feedback online (but not both).
Parking's already bad enough on the Square, and closing it down further would make the Square inaccessible:
Luka with 43 point triple double and don Mitchell with two 50 point games. Jamal murray 50 points. Fvv averaging 25 and 10. Idk if it's just too easy to score in the bubble with no fans or what but it's making those past performances not special anymore. What do you think about this? 2018 lebron, 2019 Kawhi, 93 jordan, 2000 shaq, these runs are being eclipsed statistically.
If the person who got tangled up with a pedestrian at Garry and St Mary NB at around 8:20am is on here:
Yeah, it sucks and really shakes you up. But you didn't do anything wrong. They stepped out in front of you. You tried to avoid and you braked which lessened the impact. So yeah, collisions suck, but you handled it well.
I normally do not use my bell unless I need to - which is usually when someone is taking up the whole trail.
If a pedestrian is walking on the right hand side, I will quietly go around on the left.
Why do I not use my bell? Because whenever I have witnessed people use their bell, pedestrian immediately become confused, they look at where they are, and normally squeeze to the edge of the pathway.
Today though, I pass by an older couple, and this lady shouts at me "use your bell next time." I slam on my brakes, I look back at her and tell her that I didn't want to startle her. Then I continued riding. Personally I don't even like it when other bikes ding to pass me on the left.
So what is the preferred way of approaching this?
Edit: Great feedback. The winner is. To ding, from a distance, and maybe as approaching. This one was really interesting - if you are in a party of bikers. Say "3 others behind me." that was a good suggestion from someone.
First i want to start off, Drivers are probably more insane people as a whole so i will grant you that. Considering i drive for a living and have been doing it for over 5 years ive seen assholes on both sides.
As a driver, i feel like its unfair that if you strike someone that is Jaywalking you will to be at fault. There should be a rule where if the speed limit is above 45 MPH anything that isnt a Car isnt your fault if you hit them.......obviously youre the one that hit it, but you shouldnt be in trouble. I dont know if its the fact i live near Baltimore and its the fact that poor people lack manner but there are so many times i will be driving in the city and people will Jaywalking across the street. Im not talking their like running across and being careful; im talking....they will be casually walking across with caution to the wind. I personally feel like society as a whole cares too much about these people. its annoying because people that make poor choices dont deserve to be to... keep reading on reddit ➡
Today I was served with papers explaining I'm being sued for 200k plus other expenses. 2 years ago on July 17, 2018, I was making a right turn at a green light and a woman crossed the road not in a crosswalk, and the red hand was flashing. She came out of nowhere and basically walked into the right side of my car making her whipe out. The police showed up to the scene and took my name and ended up letting me go. They told me it wasnt my fault and that theres cross walks for a reason. I was even told nothing on the lady was broken. So I never gave a statement or anything due to the police officer telling me I can go because I wasnt at fault.
Now it's been two years since, and today I recieved papers informing me I'm being sued for this incident. I never called my insurance when it happened due to the fact the officer told me I was good to go. I am also no longer with that particular insurance company as well. So I'm not sure about them setting me up with a defence lawyer. I am a 29 yea... keep reading on reddit ➡
They're finally doing a test run for closing more streets to traffic this weekend. 13th between Chestnut and Walnut and Sansom between 12th and Juniper
Obviously there are pros and cons to this set-up, but I’m genuinely curious. Who likes the pedestrian-oriented lanes on Whyte? Who hates them? Is it just cause of slower traffic that you don’t like it? Would you want this continued in future years?
As far as I see it (and I will add more if good comments come up)
Pedestrian friendly, encourages people to walk
More physical distancing during COVID
More space for scooters to fly by, taking them off the sidewalk
More opportunities for restaurants to have their sidewalk patios out without disrupting pedestrian flow
Slows down traffic in a high-risk area for pedestrians
Slows down traffic
Eliminates a large amount of street parking and its associated revenue
Compromised access to UofA hospital for ambulances
Is it just me or do cyclists in Bloomington never say “on your left” when coming up to pass you, a walking pedestrian, on a trail? Is that not a normal thing to do around here? I was reading a sign and walking towards it and my boyfriend grabbed my arm and pulled me towards him because a cyclist almost ran me down and I did not hear him or had any idea he was there.
I’m astounded! We passed at least 20 cyclists and only one rang a bell to notify of their proximity and approach. In the city I’m from, cyclists ALWAYS said “On your left” when they were approaching so you knew they were there and would be passing so get over to the right of the trail.
I had a walk sign and started crossing the street. Some guy in a Mercedes was making a left and didn't want to stop for me and almost hit me and then yelled "suck my dick" at me. I just kept walking, but if he had hit him could I have sued him? From what he said he made it seem like I was at fault, was I? I had a walk sign.
Bike lanes are created so cyclists can have a safe place to ride. I’ve noticed since the pandemic, a lot more people are out taking walks, which is great! However a lot of people have been taking these walks in bike lanes (I’ve especially noticed this on 7th ave). This is a problem, because cyclists are forced to swerve into the car lane to avoid walkers, which puts them at risk for injury and even death. There are a lot of safe places for pedestrians to walk (like the sidewalk or grassy median), but Denver does not have a lot of safe streets for cyclists to ride. Please leave the bike lanes to the bikes, for everyone’s safety!
Anyone have any info on her? What's her deal? Seems like the signs over the past year have become crazier and crazier....