Joggers and Walkers – WHY – Poser

OK, it beats me!

When there are sidewalks and paths available, why do joggers and walkers have to do this activity in neighborhood streets? I’m not against exercise but all too often these enthusiastic folks are in the road. Why?

I live in an area that has parking on both sides of the narrow streets so there is pretty much just one lane available for cars to go down the road. Just maneuvering around the parked cars can be a challenge!

It is really annoying for the driver and dangerous for the jogger or walker. Especially when it is sunset or night!

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5 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Supergranny said,

    I would guess that it keeps them from having to look down to see if the terrain changes (sidewalks, steps, curbs at crosswalks,etc). Sounds unsafe to me. Now in our little town of 450….if there is someone running in the street we all look. Most if not all use the sidewalks. Although the streets are so rarely used by vehicles:) If we see 6 vehicles all day…it’s reaching freeway conditions!

    • 2

      grouchow said,

      Six…. freeway conditions, he he he, now that is funny. Your town might not be as dangerous for the jogger or someone walking their dog in the street. But around here if you go out at sunset (right in your eyes sun) avoiding a jogger in the road is sometimes a little scary. Then, of course, there is always the biker coming down the wrong side of the road but that is another story!

  2. 3

    Fleapirates said,

    We’ve had similar discussions before, A’s! LOL! Last time, I think it was regarding cyclists!

    I live in a very suburban neighborhood, with LOTS of walkers, joggers and bikers… and it always amazes me that they would risk life and limb to exercise on the smaller streets, when our local towns have spent MILLIONS to make beautiful, long paths for just that purpose. I really, really would like one of them to explain the logic to me.

    And I pray their daring keeps them safe!

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    Chvad SB said,

    “I would guess that it keeps them from having to look down to see if the terrain changes (sidewalks, steps, curbs at crosswalks,etc). Sounds unsafe to me.”

    That’s EXACTLY why.

    “when our local towns have spent MILLIONS to make beautiful, long paths for just that purpose. ”

    you’ll find on most occasions that the people who build and place paths like this.. aren’t the people that have to use them. A lot of city developed paths are out of the way and not in any means practical. Most runners/joggers/walkers do this habitually. It’s a lifestyle. It isn’t an occasionally run it is either everything or multiple times a day. People do this by their homes. You can’t expect people to go somewhere to do something like that that’s a part of their daily routine. I ride a bike daily. Many miles. Sure, NYC has TONS of bikes paths. In order to use them, my ride increases from 14 miles a day to 50… not to mention the TIME increase. To take a train daily costs a 100.00 a month.

    People treat things like bike paths, running, walking, jogging like weekend “fun activities”. For some that may be the case and those city developed paths are just fine. For anyone else… it’s like asking you to get dressed, leave the house, get coffee and come back home everyday… instead of just waking up and doing it at home.

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      grouchow said,

      Yes, I agree. The city you live in probably has rules about riding on a city sidewalk bummer 😦 My grievance is that in a dusk or night setting, on coming pedestrian type of traffic is a little scary for the driver of a car. Plus, when there is a group of walkers and or joggers and or bikers and or dog walkers coming down the road at you bringing you to a complete stop in the road, isn’t that a little like encroaching on the cars/traffic right of way? At night it is a real nightmare. Thanks for the reply 🙂


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