Friday, 28 June 2013

You saw me coming - I know you did!

Is it amazing that we don't bump into each other all the time? or maybe it's a learned cultural habit? I certainly took it for granted until recently.

I like to run. Yes there it is - out in the open. Yes, I'm one of those characters you see darting across roads, down paths, across the park or down your street. We usually set off from home and navigate a 'route' worked out previously or sometimes on the hoof.

Anyway, yes we (well some of us), travel at speed. Yes, we (some of us) are fairly quiet as we run along.

BUT - You can usually see us coming. The clobber a runner wears in public is hardly discrete. We only look acceptable (some of us!) when actually running. 

So, we are visible and the normal situation is moving at a speed far greater than walking pace. This presents some danger for the runner and pedestrians.

Most runners I know are very aware of this problem and adjust their direction or pace to leave a safe space between themselves and pedestrians and other hazards like cars, buses, lorries or even bicycles.

The question that i'd like to float out there is why do pedestrians not reciprocate? 

There seems to be a reverence for pedestrians. Why is that? I've had pedestrians step in the way on purpose, forcing me into traffic or watch me coming and refuse to even take one step aside so I can pass. What is it about running that produces this behavior? 

OK - rant over. That's me ready for a weekend run........ 

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