i'm too pretty for prison

Friday, February 18, 2011

i understand that by my living in the city there are bound to be more walkers/runners and cyclists sharing the road with me and my yuppie mobile.

i get that.

but what i don't get is why walkers/runners don't use the perfectly good sidewalks and instead run in the street wearing all dark clothes in the dark!!!

i mean, do you want me to KILL YOU?

this goes for cyclists too - the dark clothes in the dark, not the sidewalk issue, i know bikes go on the street - because i think it should be a law that all bikers are required to use lights/flashers past dusk - it's just plain dangerous if you don't.

is there a law that i'm unaware of and it's just that no one follows it?


i can't tell you how many times i'm driving down franklin blvd and suddenly out of nowhere a biker darts out in front of me wearing all black and no reflectors.

or a runner is be-bopping along being way more athletic than i'll ever dream of being (show-off) and is practically in the middle of a dark and not well lit road wearing all dark clothes.

i'll ask you again, do you want me to KILL YOU?

i promise i don't want to, i'm far too pretty for prison.

just be careful people, drivers and pedestrians alike, because as the weather gets warmer all hell is going to break loose if we don't.

/rant

editors note: this post was brought to you by the fact that i'm apparently turning into an old lady, it's like i turned 30 and became a worry wart. next thing you know i'm going to yell at the neighborhood kids for walking on my front lawn like mrs. maloney did to me when i was young. i'm sorry mrs. maloney, i'm sorry!!

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29 comments:

  1. as far as i know, there is no set law regarding lights on bicycles. they say additional lamps and reflectors may be used, and they suggest you do, but it's not a law to the best of my knowledge. but i think it should be. living near the towpath, i've almost plowed over a bunch of riders.

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  2. I'm pretty sure it is a law within Cleveland you can't ride a bike on the sidewalk.

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  3. bridget, right, which is why i said that "this goes for cyclists too (the dark clothes in the dark, not the sidewalks)"

    cause they just need reflectors/flashers more than anything...

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  4. As a runner, I will admit I ran in the streets when the sidewalks were covered in ice/snow. However, I will agree that runners/bikers wearing dark clothes at night is just plain dumb. Get some bright clothes with reflective strips on them. I love my bright pink running shorts that I wear for night runs (and over tights on cold days)

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  5. I think this past winter has made us all a little bit grumpier (and act a little bit more like old people. I know being afraid to slip on all the ice has made me walk like an old person.) Up until yesterday, I thought I was going to have a stoke I was so annoyed with everything.

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  6. Technically, bikers, runners and pedestrians have the "right of way" when it comes to them versus cars. That said, if I'm a biker, runner or walker and I'm going up against a vehicle, the likelihood I'm the one who gets hurt is great, so it would behoove me to make myself seen. People are just plain stupid sometimes.

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  7. YES. AGREE. AGREE AGREE AGREE. i get that i'm "sharing the road" with you, but i wouldn't DRIVE along a dark road in my black car without headlights on, because I WOULD BE AFRAID NO ONE WOULD SEE ME. you think i'm going to see your puny little self on a dark BIKE with no reflectors?! eesh.

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  8. Didn't read the previous comments, but it's AGAINST the law for bikers to ride on the sidewalk. They're supposed to be treated as a vehicle on the road.

    The law for pedestrians on the street is to be going against traffic, so walk on the left hand side of the road.

    I think it's equally important for drivers to know the law as it is for cyclists. May even more so.

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  9. so i have to add something to this...

    last night i was driving home from BPWB and i came across a group of 8 bikers riding in the middle of the street none of them having any type of flashers on so i slowed down, rolled down my window and said, "all of you need flashers, all of you", and went on my way.

    only me.

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  10. Ha! This is why I don't run when it's dark out.
    It's hard enough avoiding cars in the broad daylight!

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  11. I totes agree with this post. As a Franklin Blvd. resident, I too have almost hit many bikers/runners. However, I would like to purposely hit some of those thugs that walk across the street at a green light and expect you to stop. REALLY!?! How about some of my grill up your cornhole.

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  12. Hahaha, can I tell you how much I love that you rolled down your window and said they all needed flashers. LOVE!

    I totally agree with you. Here in small town in the middle of no where, people are quite fond of these offenses and I don't really want to have hurting someone with my vehicle on my concious.

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  13. I posted about this last year after I almost hit someone and people said something to the effect of "it's not illegal."
    I'm a runner and I run on the sidewalks or I will run on side streets but not down Mayfield Road or bike on the road either.

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  14. My husband runs at night as he's in marathon training and it's the only time he can do his runs. He tried to run on the sidewalks, but with the uneveness of the joints and the lack of light (streetlights shine on the street) it's safer for him to run on the street. BUT! He wears this obnoxious bright-green "Fully Reflective High Visibility Vest" and all of the running pants/shorts/shoes he owns have reflective material on them.

    I have to share a recent experience: I was driving home at 9:30 and I saw this random bluish light on the side of the road. It was moving, but too high to be a headlight on a bike. It was coming towards me and about 6 feet off the ground. I had to stop because I couldn't figure out what the hell it was and didn’t want to hit anything. Then finally, into my headlights comes a runner - wearing a headlamp - dressed in ALL BLACK. What a freaking idiot. Until my headlight hit him, it was just this floating light and I had no idea what it was attached to!

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  15. I admit that I don't always have my flasher on when I ride my bike - but I also don't ride on unlit streets or wear all black. (But I'll wear my flasher now, lest someone yell at me out their window...)

    But you're right. I've been on both sides (driver and biker/runner) and it's scary for both when someone comes out of nowhere.

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  16. Wow.... Cyclist, runners, walkers, or whatever you can think of deserve 100% of what you have. It is against the law in most places in Cleveland to ride a bike on the sidewalk. You need to pay attention to what is around you at all times whether it be on two wheels or two feet. I agree all should wear lights but that is not your choice. If they want to be stupid then fine. Maybe you should put down your cellphone and look around you. I'm tired of all you people that chat, text or maybe blog away on phones as I am there riding my bike with lights and flashers. I want to say about 70% of drivers are not looking at the road most of the time. CLEVELAND SHARE YOUR DAMN ROADS.

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  17. CSR, it goes both ways. don't you understand that i wrote this post because i want to and AM sharing the road?

    i would just like to share it knowingly... and not be surprised by people zipping in and out of traffic.

    i live on franklin blvd which isn't exactly a well lit street but has heavy pedestrian and biker traffic and i honestly get scared that i'm going to hit something.

    i just want EVERYONE to be careful and aware of their surroundings, yo.

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  18. I have stressed over and over again that people wear lights and blinkers. If they choose not to do so then you can't do anything about it. Trust me I think its a death wish when people do that. I want people to be more aware also. I'm annoyed at this point with drivers. Do you know how many times I have almost been hit and every time that person is on their damn phone. Maybe we should concentrate on that instead? No phones while driving sounds pretty good to me!

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  19. I believe the solution to all of this is for the city of cleveland to introduce bike lanes on main stretches. Franklin Blvd clearly has bike alert paint every few hundred feet. If you can not see the paint, and not acknowledge the fact that there may be bikers in front of or behind you, then you should go back to the drivers bureau and re-take your test. Most drivers forget that they have turn signals, forget that cell phones have caused a rapid increase in accidents, and forget that alcohol can impair your driving skills. Be responsible for your own actions, do not push blame on another. Bikers on the road are following the guidelines of law and are not forced to carry a lit christmas tree with them on every ride. Pay attention behind the wheel and you'll be fine.

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  20. DDK..... 1000000000000000% right!

    Thanks you!

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  21. Turn down that noise and get off my lawn!

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  22. DDK - yes there are marked bike lanes on franklin, but that doesn't mean that every biker stays in the lane, we're splitting hairs here because even if a biker is in the lane but is wearing all black and it's dark, a driver isn't going to see them till they're a mere few feet away.

    sigh, sometimes i think people don't even read my posts and just comment to rant....

    as i closed out the post with, "just be careful people, drivers and pedestrians alike..."

    we are all on the same team here, every needs to be aware of their surroundings.

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  23. oh man i always get nervous about driving at night and bikers and pedestrians, seriously one of my biggest fears. wear bright colors people!!

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  24. First off, I totally agree. If you're in the middle of the road at night, try to be visible. It's not even about the law or who's right or wrong, it's just common sense. On my crankier days I might mutter something about natural selection, but the truth is, like Alexa, I don't particularly want to kill someone, even if it's not my fault.

    Also, I'm all for sharing the roads, and drivers absolutely need to be paying attention and not texting or whatever. That said, the fact is there are some cyclists who think riding a bike makes them exempt from the rules of the road. I've frequently encountered cyclists riding on the left side of the road. Stop signs and red lights are supposed to apply to cyclists as well, but I see bike riders zip right on through without even slowing down all the time. Courtesy and safety are a two way street.

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  25. i always wonder the same thing. i don't ever really bike through town, but if i do i am sure as shit not riding my bike in the street, even if i am supposed to. sidewalks are there for a reason, it's much easier to dodge other pedestrians than a motor f-ing vehicle.

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  26. Look nobody is trying to make you upset. You just have to understand that yes its equal on both parts. There are bad drivers and bad cyclist. It the ones that do pay attention is what matters. I know you can blog about it but the thing is this problem will never go away. Every time i get on my bike i fear the worst and i do for the most part obey the laws but when you constantly have to ride aggressive because of terrible driver you break those laws just as cars do all the time. I cant tell you how many times i have had a green light and someone is like eh fuck it i am turning i own the road with my massive metal beast. Like i said before CLEVELAND SHARE THE ROADS PLEASE.

    ps i am not ranting i am just on the other side which is just as bad.

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  27. I hate that! I totally understand your rant. Drivers as well as pedestrians/bikers/runners need to be aware!

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  28. I always wonder the same thing, but I think its a law you aren't suppose to do it. which is stupid because why should sidewalks just be for walkers and baby strollers? I havn't gotten on my bike since moving to the city for this very reason!

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  29. YES YES YES. Seriously. We had that awful snowstorm yesterday, and there was an idiot biker in the middle of the road during it. I couldn't even see him until I was right behind him, and he didn't even TRY to move over, and I couldn't get around him because there was so much snow in the middle of the road. Ughh. Annnoooyyying.

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