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Road safety

I write something similar to this at least once every few semesters, and I think it bears repeating.
To Pedestrians: It is not okay to walk down the middle of a road or parking lot.  Please either cross the street or stay on the side.  Also, remember that the crosswalk affords you the right of way, but it does not provide you with any physical protection against a car.  Make sure that oncoming drivers see you and are stopping before stepping into the street. Winning a lawsuit is poor recompense for loss of mobility or life. 
To Bicyclists: You are in a difficult position.  You have all of the squishy frailty of a pedestrian, with none of the legal protections.  Remember also that you are held to all of the rules of the road that a car is.  If you run a stop sign and are hit by a car, not only will you not win a lawsuit against the driver, but you may be liable for damages to the car!
To Drivers: You have the greatest responsibility to be safe, being encased in a ton and a half of metal.  If you speed, run stop signs, and fail to pay proper attention to your surroundings, you will endanger everyone around you.  Cyclists and Pedestrians can come out of nowhere, and often ignore the rules.  It is your responsibility, being the biggest, to keep everyone around you safe, even when they seem bound and determined to be run over.

One last thing.  It is not okay to stop in the middle of the road for any reason short of car trouble.  You want to talk to a friend walking on the sidewalk?  Go park your car and walk out to them.  Stopping in the road is dangerous, discourteous and illegal.


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Oct. 8th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
WORD. Especially about the bicycles. I have had near-death experiences both riding the bike and being a pedestrian in the presence of bikes.
Oct. 8th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my biking experience was almost cut short when a couple teenagers screamed out their window at me trying to make me fall off my bike. I also really hate it when cyclists disobey the road rules and act like pedestrians when it's convenient (like using the crosswalk or biking the wrong direction on a road). That kind of behavior makes cars unable to predict cyclists movements and puts all cyclists at risk!

Edited at 2008-10-08 10:32 pm (UTC)
Nov. 5th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
Well, as a minor point, I ride on the wrong side of the road.

If I'm going to be hit, I'd prefer to see it coming so I can avoid it.

However, I readily accept that any accidents that happen when on the wrong side of the road are my fault.
Oct. 8th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
Another To Bicyclists: There is a reason that some of the narrower walking paths on campus have signs that say "No Bicycles and Skateboards." Please don't ride your bike on these paths - there's really not enough room, and I don't like almost being squooshed by someone riding where they aren't supposed to ride. :(
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Oct. 18th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, both drivers and pedestrians have a role with this one. Drivers have to be attentive and pedestrians have to be super-careful, since they are soft and squishy.
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