Finally, March is here. Spring will bring us all outside again. I, for one, can’t wait
to run to the lake, walk the dogs for miles and get my scooter out of the
garage. Lakewood is perfect for all of that.
But, there is danger. We must be on the lookout for these suburban warriors. I have been the victim of near misses with cars at crossings. I have also been the
perpetrator, I admit. I have had to leap out of the way, slam on my brakes and
swerve to avoid drivers who didn’t see me for whatever reason. I have also come
close to bumping into people myself because I just didn’t see them.
It’s worse when it’s dark of course. Some people don’t wear the proper reflective clothing or lights on their bikes making it almost impossible to see them. And right on red, especially in the dark, can be really hazardous. Drivers just don’t look both directions before they ease their cars into crossings. I’m guilty too. I’d be happy if the right on red was only allowed during daylight hours in Lakewood. It would be safer for everyone. I know. It slows us down. But, I’m paranoid just backing out of
my driveway. Is there a car, bike, pedestrian or dog coming? Are they to my right,
left or right behind me in a blind spot. Oh please don’t let me hit anyone
So, slow down, be aware, don’t text, keep the music down, obey traffic laws and just be extra careful as the weather warms up. This goes for the warriors, not just the drivers. Lakewood is such a walkable, rideable, runnable, scootable city and we shouldn’t be afraid to take advantage of that. Now, look both ways and get out there!