A little extra caution goes a long way
I know this topic has been beaten into the ground with all the press coverage the past couple of weeks, but enough cannot be said about the safety factor when it comes to the opening day of school tomorrow.
The adjacent column points out the fact that local police will be out in full force around the schools with extra patrols to ensure that both motorists and pedestrians are obeying the rules in an effort to prevent anything negative from happening.
A few months ago, we pointed out the need for extra caution and safety, especially when it comes to the rules of the road involving bicycles, and the fact that both the bicyclists and the motorists in their vehicles need to pay extra attention.
This is an ongoing concern, especially in school areas, where bicycle riders have a tendency to bolt out onto the roadway without regard or concern for traffic that may be approaching.
Yes, the bicyclist may indeed have the right-of-way, but riders would also do well to stop and pause to allow vehicles the adequate response time to slow down and stop.
So many times I have driven on 17th Avenue by Cheney Middle School, going the speed limit, only to have a bicycle rider shoot across the pedestrian path, without even looking to see if anyone is approaching.
Safety is a two-way street and all of us need to need to practice all the right moves.
Complete details on how we can all do that, I reiterate, appear adjacent.
If you frequent a route that contains a school on your way to work either in the morning or afternoon, take the time to slow down and comply to all the extra traffic, both vehicle, on bike or foot, allowing yourself plenty of time to do so.
Or better yet, if you can -- plan an alternative route and avoid school activity all together. That will go a long way in making your commute a little more stress free.