Monday, December 21, 2009

Run/bike safely

Driving home on a dark road at ten p.m., I saw something weird on the side of the road. It looked like two little white things jumping up and down. It took a few seconds to realize that they were the reflective stripes on the back of a runner's shoes. She was totally invisible until I was within a few feet of her other than those two pieces of reflective tape.

I know I have been guilty of this one myself on some of my dark morning runs in the past, but now that I've seen it from the driver's seat, I won't do it again. It would only take one driver who didn't notice you until it was to late to cause a potentially fatal accident.

Light-colored clothes don't cut it in the winter dark. You need light. I bought my husband a reflective vest because he sometimes does late road runs. There are also flashing battery-powered lights you can attach to to your clothes or bike. No one will criticize you for being too visible.

Be safe!


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3 comments:

  1. Silly runner! That is so unsafe! You can even run with a flashlight. Come one, who doesn't have a flashlight?

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  2. Good safety warning - both for runners/bikers needing to be more visible, and for we drivers needing to know that "two little white things jumping up and down" actually could be a person we need to avoid hitting!

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  3. You just can't be too careful when running at night. We have safety vests and the blinking lights. In addition to that, I would never run at night without a headlight. They are lightweight and easy to wear. Not only does it help the drivers see you but it illuminates the road in front of you so you don't trip. Of course the down side is that in summer months moths are drawn to the light and I've had a couple "bug in the eye and nearly in the mouth" moments. But, it's better than being hit by a car. We also have ROAD ID on our shoes. There was a runner who was hit a couple years ago who had no ID and was killed. It took 2 days before any family reported her missing so she was just a Jane Doe for awhile.

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