Drivers Need to Share the Road with Runners/Walkers (LETTER)

A Belmont resident is concerned with vehicles driving too close, or in, the bike lane. Does the same apply in Redwood City?

This morning, a Redwood City resident emailed us with this comment about our , the bill that would require drivers to stay three feet from bicyclists:

"Considering the aggressive driver (with the two earbuds) of the light silver Prius this morning (on Broadway near ECR) this morning; three feet would be welcome!  Thanks for doing the poll"

A Belmont resident submitted this below. If you have any opinions about drivers and bicyclists sharing the road, email stacie@patch.com.

Dear Editor,

I am a runner who prefers to run outside rather than on a treadmill and in some instances I am faced with the decision to run on the sidewalk or in the bike lane. About half the time I run on the sidewalk and the other half  the sidewalks are in too bad of shape to run on safely, or there are no available sidewalks and so I run in the bike lane. I wear reflective gear so I am visible to drivers but on more than one occasion I have been nearly struck by oblivious drivers. It is quite scary. I would also like to include drivers pulling out of parking lots or driveways. People exiting the Carlmont Shopping Center in Belmont are the worst offenders. This is where most of my nearly being struck incidents occur. All I ask is that people please look both ways before going over the sidewalk. On every run I usually have to jump off the sidewalk or slap someone's hood to have them pay attention and not hit me.

With the evening light hours diminishing and darkness coming earlier each night running after I get off work becomes more dangerous. I love running and living here has been a wonderful experience and I have never enjoyed running more than I do when I am running down the streets of Belmont. I just want drivers to share the road when we runners have no other option but to run in the street alongside your moving cars. 

Olivia De Mars


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cyholl August 22, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I agree wholeheartedly! I bike to work and far too often drivers are on the phone or just not paying attention. It is particularly scary crossing an intersection with folks turning right as they jet out on to the road they're intersecting. I had four lights on my bike as well as reflective gear which did not seem to help! Drivers need to behave better and learn to share the road!


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