street runners

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Late last year, I decided I'd start my running career with a 10K and have kicked up a notch this year with a 1/2 marathon. Yes, you read that correctly. I really like running. I like running more than I ever thought possible. I really surprised myself with this and I'm glad. (To test my ability, I even signed up for the 10 miler this weekend. Uh oh.)

However, those who run in the street instead of the sidewalks make me nervous. Very nervous.

You could get killed.
There are sidewalks for a reason.
For your own safety, get on them.

After passing a street runner, I said to the BF, "He should just get on the sidewalk, it's so much safer."

BF: "I don't run on the sidewalks."
Me: "Well that's another reason we will never run together."

Bikers also make me nervous when they are in the street. This past weekend, a couple was biking down busy Mayfield road when there are perfectly good sidewalks to bike on instead. The girl eventually jumped on the sidewalks and the guy remained in the street with the busy traffic.

For you bikers and runners who run/ride in the street, why not hop on a sidewalks when you are on a busy road? Is it that bad to run on?


Jez said...

I can't speak for the runners, but every place I've ever lived in has had laws against riding your bike on the sidewalk. That's one of the reasons I don't ride bikes!

Louis said...

I think that bikers have the same rights as cars on street roads. running on roads is also better for your body because it is less violent on the joints and bones and whatnot.

Sarah said...

It's actually illegal to ride your bike on the sidewalk if you're going over 10 mph because it's a danger to pedestrians. So I ride in the street, but I run on the sidewalk because I usually have my dog with me and I'm paranoid about him darting in front of a car.

The Modern Gal said...

What everyone else said, but in addition: my road bike has really thin tires, so all the bumps and cracks on sidewalks wreak havoc on them. I don't want to have to replace my tire tube or get my wheels fixed every other week.

Most of the roads where I live don't even have sidewalks, and the sidewalks that do exist are full of cracks and tree roots -- I run on those anyway, but stumble A LOT.

Lil' Woman said...

Bikers and runners on the street scare the shit out of me....use the damn sidewalk and stop giving me panic attacks!

Liz@thisfullhouse said...

It's the ones that insist on running/biking at night that freak me out! Also, what if they trip and fall right in front of, or under someone's car? Either way, it's hard to drive by and not wanna holler out the window, "Move over, Rover!" said...

Good luck at the 10 miler, I am running it too. Hope we have good weather.

Jessica (Bayjb) said...

First, the boutique you posted about is adorable. We have to go to there when I come visit. Second, I would totally rather run on the sidewalk than street. Hi car doors could hit my lady area. Not cool, that's reserved for other pieces of hardware (when necessary)