Warm weather means more pedestrians

Published 11:36 pm Friday, April 10, 2009

With the increase in the temperature as spring settles in, you will see an increase in people outside enjoying the warm weather.

More kids will be outside playing and taking advantage of the longer days, and more people will be out walking, jogging or riding their bicycles.

In short, there will be more people in and near our streets, especially diring non-working hours. Even in an area with as little traffic congestion as we have, it is still important to be wary of the increased foot and bike traffic.

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Always be wary, but be especially cautious when driving through residential areas or areas with playgrounds or playing fields.

Be on the lookout for walkers and people on bicycles. Be mindful of children playing close to the street and be ready to brake, should any children or pets dash into the street.

On the other hand, people in and around the street who are not in cars or trucks should also be careful. Remember that you are smaller and less noticeable than a vehicle, and that drivers may not see you until they are close at hand.

If walking, walk on the left side of the street, facing oncoming traffic so you can see when a car is coming your way. Wear light-colored or reflective clothing, especially if walking at twilight or after sundown.

Bike-riders should ride on the right side of the street, and should equip their bike with reflectors or lights.

If walking or riding bikes in a group, go single-file when traffic is coming to allow room for it. Don’t stretch your group far into the road when approaching a hill where an oncoming vehile may not see you when it comes over the rise.

When playing, always look both ways before going into the street. Try to keep pets from going into the street as well, and be mindful of them when you’re playing and you see traffic coming.

Spring is a time for fun and outdoor activity, especially in our little corner of the South. It’s a time for people to get outside and enjoy sports, eercise, or just plain fun.

There is room on our roads for vehicles, walkers, bike-riders and anyone else. Car drivers, walkers and children all need to be more cautious when they are out and about.

A few seconds of caution will help everyone have a great spring and summer.