Re: St. John's Bridge - Pedestrian or Roadway?

Rick Johnson

April 25, 2012 at 4:15 PM






OK, sure.   But by
that logic, you would never ride on the road anywhere if
sidewalk was present.

 




Exactly. The idea of complete freedom from risk is appealing. But
life doesn't work that way.



A few years ago a local guy was out for a run. No doubt he felt
perfectly safe as his jogged down the sidewalk. Unfortunately there
was a section of lumber hanging off the back of a passing truck, it
caught him square in the back of the head.



Risk is everywhere, all the time.



Rick Johnson

Bend, Oregon

Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction...
One, it's completely impossible.
Two, it's possible, but it's not worth doing.
Three, I said it was a good idea all along.

Arthur C. Clarke




On 4/25/2012 4:04 PM, Susan Otcenas wrote:



>> There is basically zero
risk of getting hit by an absent minded/drunk/sun
blinded/distracted/texting/malicious/incompetent motorist
riding on the sidewalk.  There is a non-zero percent chance
you may get hit by an absent minded/drunk/sun
blinded/distracted/texting/malicious/incompetent motorist if
you ride on a road.

 

OK, sure.   But by
that logic, you would never ride on the road anywhere if
sidewalk was present.

 

 

 


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Subject: Re: [OBRA Chat] St. John's Bridge - Pedestrian
or Roadway?





I gotta be
honest with you, I will never understand this position on
"asserting my rights".  There is basically zero risk of
getting hit by an absent minded/drunk/sun
blinded/distracted/texting/malicious/incompetent motorist
riding on the sidewalk.  There is a non-zero percent chance
you may get hit by an absent minded/drunk/sun
blinded/distracted/texting/malicious/incompetent motorist if
you ride on a road.  Why take that risk?  15 seconds.  30
seconds?

 

Your right to
take the lane doesn't reduce the risk or make you crash
proof. We've got former-OBRA members who would attest to
this...if they were still alive.  But
I guess it's some consolation that your family can win a
lawsuit if you spend your life in a wheelchair or worse.  

 







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