Time to share the road

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To the editor,

Spring has sprung, you know that time of year when the sun gets brighter and the days get longer.

When we have to share, or should I say are forced to share, what meager roads we have with part-time, warm-weather joggers.

Case in point, recently I was heading towards church late Saturday afternoon, on top of the train tracks looking ahead at probably one of the worse roads in Colchester County, good old Park Street.

You couldn’t keep to the far left for there was a steady amount of traffic on that side, straight ahead it looks like it has been carpet bombed and to the right two woman joggers were running side-by-side on the far side of the road. As I found out they were not about to jog on hard packed gravel. If you swerved over that way, you would probably receive a call from the RCMP via a complaint from them.

Great, next the board of Adult Helmetless Cyclists will be all over the sidewalks. Got to love this time of year.

 

Paul Dunn

Bible Hill

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Colchester County, Park Street

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  • todd
    April 11, 2014 - 09:15

    It doesn't matter where you drive on Park street you're going to find potholes. You shouldn't focus your angst over the road conditions on two people who are staying healthy and fit and have just as much right to the road as you do.

  • Stephen Aucoin
    April 11, 2014 - 08:44

    I feel terrible for Mr. Dunn it must be terribly stressful and inconvenient for him to have to share the same roads that look like it has been carpet bombed, I will give him that it would have been more polite of the runners to run single file, but we are forced to run and bike on the same conditions as we drive. The roads and shoulders are both riddled with pot holes and washouts, more so this year with the weather we have had over the winter. Many of us pay the same taxes as Mr. Dunn and other motorists we just choose to get out and run and cycle for our transportation, health and the better good of our community, unfortunately some people like Mr. Dunn do not feel we need to share. Sincerely, Stephen Aucoin

  • Tyler Rogers
    April 10, 2014 - 21:09

    It definitely is time for everyone to realize that it's time to share the road, including motorists. As a motorist who is also a year round cyclist, we all need to take time to give each other a bit of room as we navigate the pot holes for the next month or so. Motorists need to realize that walkers, joggers, and cyclists are generally trying to share the road as much as we can, but the condition of the roads - dangerous potholes and muddy and icy shoulders - sometimes mean we have to come out into the road a little further than normal. 'Sharing the road' sometimes means that motorists need to slow down until it's safe to pass. more and more I see impatient drivers trying to pass too close to walkers and cyclists, rather than slow down for 10 seconds until it's safe to pass. It's dangerous, and in the case of cyclists, it's illegal to pass with less than one metre of space. If a vehicle hits a pedestrian, jogger, or cyclist, we all know who wins that fight. If we all respect each other a little bit, it's pretty easy to 'share the road'.

  • Jacki Warren
    April 10, 2014 - 19:09

    There are many runners in the truro area. Most of us run all year long. This letter is very offensive and as the title states - Share the road. There are no sidewalks in that particular area and the roads and side of the roads are a big mess this time of year. I think if everyone justs slows down and pays attention we can all share and live to tell about it. As a runner and a driver I do not mind sharing the road!

  • JB
    April 10, 2014 - 16:04

    Hi...thanks for the comment. I was wondering if you ever thought of walking to church, instead of driving?