To all bicyclists, skateboarders, dog walkers, students and runners: Take responsibility for your own life. My heart jump-started every day this week by some person or child in the early morning hours when it’s still dark outside. How about the boy on his skateboard on Collister Drive going down the hill, against traffic in the middle of the road with no lights, no reflective clothing and no protective (helmet) gear? Or the bicyclist recently on Hill Road, in the bike lane but going against traffic, no reflective clothing, no lights, nothing to identify himself? Or the dog walker, with dark clothing, no lights or reflective gear — especially for the dog. Or people crossing State Street to get to the convenience store, dodging rush hour traffic? Or pedestrians leaving the parking garage to the Boise building who are too lazy to use either crosswalk protected by a stop sign?
For heavens sake, people, take some responsibility for your own lives. We can’t see you when it’s dark, or rainy, or foggy, or otherwise murky. Or even when there is bright sunlight, we can’t see you. Be alert and aware and think about whether vehicles can identify you before it’s too late.
Stephanie Zilk, Boise