In a recent letter, Mr. Barton Sadowsky expressed his concerns regarding runners and motorists. More specifically, Mr. Sadowsky was frustrated by what he believed was the apparent disdain of runners by motorists. As a motorist I feel compelled to respond.
While there is no excuse for a motorist to act dangerously toward a runner, there is also an obligation on the part of runners to make themselves known to motorists and to run in a safe manner. My work schedule requires me to drive on Port Washington Boulevard just before the sun begins to rise. I have often been surprised by dark figures running in the traffic lane or on the shoulder very close to the traffic lane. Those figures may be found crossing intersections without slowing or checking for traffic. It is rare to find one wearing any reflective fabric or flashing light, but both are inexpensive and readily available. Either could save a tragic accident from happening.
Runner and motorist safety is not a single-sided issue. It is important for both to be observant and to acknowledge and expect the presence of the other.