“I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.” ~ Dr, Seuss, Yertle the Turtle
Yesterday morning while running through a quiet neighborhood along a narrow, twisty road with a posted 20 mph speed limit, I was nearly run down, and most certainly run off the road, by a speeding vehicle heading my way. I ALWAYS run against the traffic - and I'm convinced that this has saved my life several times. The driver and I made solid eye contact as she bore down on me. She clearly had no intention of moving away from me. I jumped into a bush and stood there on the side of the road in disbelief as she zoomed on down the road. In huge letters across the entire back window of the car was "USA Pro Cycling". Now I was just really really really ticked! A cyclist!! A cyclist running down a runner!!!???
"The members of Bicycle Colorado are excited that the Bicycle Safety Act will go into effect on August 5, 2009. Here's what this new law will mean to you while biking or driving.
For a downloadable poster (PDF) explaining the new laws, click here.
Better Traffic Laws for Bicyclists 3 Feet: Enjoy a Little Breathing RoomBicyclists get at least 3 feet of space when vehicles pass. To help give you 3 feet, motorists can cross a centerline when clear to pass you safely.
Riding with FriendsTwo bicyclists may ride side-by-side when clear but please move to single-file to allow other vehicles to pass.Be Safe, Be Seen
Ride as far right as is safe. But that doesn't mean you have to ride in the gutter - riding in the right half of the lane often is the safest and most visible spot.
Go With the FlowYour choice - bicyclists can ride to the far right or far left on a one-way street. Remember, still no riding upstream - ride in the same direction as traffic."
Dear Senator Shaffer,His response:
I'm doing some research on SENATE BILL 09-148 - I understand that this bill concerns Bicyclists only, not runners/pedestrians. I am wondering if you can direct me to any legislation concerning runners on public roads. I have been unable to find any sources other then general pedestrian laws.
Thank you for any help you can provide on this.
After digging through all the bills concerning MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC REGULATION, I found nothing beside the following:Ms. MacMahon,
You are correct. SB09-148 applies to a bicyclist's interaction with other vehicles on the road. It mentions pedestrians once, but it is in the context of how a bicyclist ought to interact with a moving obstacle on a road (which includes a pedestrian).
To the best of my knowledge, no bills have been introduced this year on runner or pedestrian specific issues. The best place to find existing laws on this subject is in Title 42 "Regulation of Vehicles and Traffic." More specifically, 42-4-801-808 contains pedestrian specific laws.I hope this helps.Sincerely,BrandonBrandon C. Shaffer
And,"...vehicles are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are lawfully within adjacent crosswalks at the time a circular green signal is displayed." http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/olls/digest1994/MOTORVEHICLESANDTRAFFICREGULATION.htm
"A person riding a bicycle upon and along a sidewalk OR PATHWAY or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to anypedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing such" http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/olls/sl2005a/sl_301.pdf
So now here it is, a year after I really began thinking about this, having survived another winter season on the roads, and I think it's high time something change. I'm tired of cars feeling that they are allowed to "buzz" me - and it happens very regularly. It's time that runners join forces to change this situation. Cyclists, at least in Boulder, have been very effective in joining together and using their numbers to influence laws. It's time for runners to do the same.
Now to get to work!
On May 8th I wrote to one of the sponsors, Sen. Greg Brophy asking about legislation concerning runners/pedestrians. Here is his response today, May 9th:
I have not heard from anyone about such a concern. I need to ask our research team how pedestrians are currently treated on the road.
It seems clear that no one has given this much thought!Greg B.