Are you an avid runner or bicyclist? If you are, you probably know what it feels like to be “scared” by drivers. Some drivers think it is funny to terrorize a bicyclist and/or runners by:
A) Honking when they are right next to them or
B) Swerving very close to them to push them off the road and scare the #$%*! out of them
I have had both happen to me many times in my running life. I know the drivers think it is funny. However, it can be downright dangerous.
A few months back, I had a woman come close to hitting me. I was running just off the road. The woman was talking on her cell phone and apparently didn’t see me (as I was on an open road, I don’t know how she would’ve missed me, but…). She just missed tagging me and gave a honk and a certain “hand gesture”. Apparently, she felt it was my fault. I stayed on the path and didn’t veer into the lanes of traffic. Nope, the driver felt it was my fault.
During my last marathon training season, I had a white Cadillac come extremely close to me. Once again, I was running just off the road, going against traffic. The man in the Cadillac thought it would be funny to swerve into me and “push” me off the road. If I hadn’t been paying attention or lost my balance, I would’ve been hit at 40 miles an hour.
I am constantly having to watch out for people pulling out of their driveways or onto a new road. Most drivers don’t even look in both directions. They pull right in front of me, only to notice me moments later.
If you are out driving, please WATCH OUT FOR BICYCLIST AND RUNNERS. We are in bike lanes, on roadside trails, and on sidewalks. You might think it is funny to swerve our way or honk at us. It isn’t. It is scary and dangerous. Give us some room!