It seems too early in the season for my usual post complaining about drivers not watching for joggers. But a guy almost ran me over today, so here goes.
I’ve seen more runners wearing bright fluorescent clothing – searing greens and yellows and UDOT-caliber orange. Increasing visibility, the logic goes, lowers a runner’s odds of getting flattened.
It’s potential carnage out there these days, with distracted texters, drunks and even teenagers bobbling muffins. Pedestrians, including joggers, often are most at risk.
Maybe joggers, bicyclists and motorcyclists should combine their lobbying efforts against the irresponsible driving public. We’re roadkill in waiting, so why not?
Of course, there are plenty of witless runners, cyclists and bikers, and they deserve the criticism they get as well. The point is, the roads need to be shared without bodily injuries.
The cold truth is that no one is 100 percent safe, even if all precautions are taken. That’s why, after almost 30 years of jogging in the Ogden area, it’s in my DNA to stay alert at all times when any motor vehicle is anywhere close.
Today was no different as I jogged north near the Weber County Fairgrounds north gate, in a bright red Classic Race shirt. About 100 yards ahead, I watched an obese, bearded gentleman in jeans and a plaid shirt walk from the softball fields to his pickup truck, no other parked vehicles near. I thought he had seen me, but I kept attention on him and his truck anyway. As I approached his back bumper, he started the engine and gunned it in reverse. I stopped in time and he kept backing. I couldn’t see through his tinted windows to check whether he was surprised.
I’ve lost count of the near misses, and it’s depressing to know that nothing is very likely to change.
Runners, keep right on wearing your fluorescent jerseys. At least you’ll know you’re trying.