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John Kristianson

John Kristianson

  • My sister died five years ago as the result of driver who ran over her on her bicycle. I am a walker, bike rider and a driver. One thing I see missing in this analysis is the behavior of pedestrians and bicycle riders. First is the lack of awareness that the “Rules of the Road” for drivers applies to

    My sister died five years ago as the result of driver who ran over her on her bicycle. I am a walker, bike rider and a driver. One thing I see missing in this analysis is the behavior of pedestrians and bicycle riders. First is the lack of awareness that the “Rules of the Road” for drivers applies to both pedestrians and bike riders. Like for instance Stop Signs. They are called Stop signs because that is what you are supposed to do. I cannot tell you the number of times when I am riding or driving that another bicycle rider just blows through a stop sign. They often don’t even slow down. It is like the stop sign is only meant for cars.

    The other thing that is incredibly dangerous for pedestrians and bike riders is to assume that the drivers see you. When I am walking or biking, I wear high visibility clothing (think reflective yellow / orange ) so that people who are driving can see me.

    The last thing is that both pedestrians and bike riders cannot assume the right of way. They may have it, but you can be right, Dead Right that is. I am not texting, or listening to music, I am focusing on what I am doing, Crossing the street. I attempt to make eye contact with drivers that are turning. Safety of people sharing the road starts with the awareness that everyone has a responsibility.