Running in the dark safety

Shaping-up season means safety first

By ALLEN MINCEY
Posted 1/2/18

With the new year beginning, many make resolutions to lose weight or, at least, get into a healthier lifestyle. For many, this will include running, walking or even bicycling on area roadways.

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Running in the dark safety

Shaping-up season means safety first

BRITTANY DURKIN reminds runners and walkers there are safe ways to participate in these activities, especially if out on area roadways in the early morning or evening hours. The best safety measure is to make yourself visible to motorists during these times.
BRITTANY DURKIN reminds runners and walkers there are safe ways to participate in these activities, especially if out on area roadways in the early morning or evening hours. The best safety measure is to make yourself visible to motorists during these times.
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With the new year beginning, many make resolutions to lose weight or, at least, get into a healthier lifestyle. For many, this will include running, walking or even bicycling on area roadways.

While these may be great ways to get or keep in shape, they can also be dangerous, if certain precautions on roadways are not followed. Especially important is being aware of traffic.

Brittany and David Durkin of Terra Running Company remind those exercising early in the morning or in the evening to make themselves visible to motorists, or accidents can happen.

“It’s a reality that with such difficult schedules ... many will be out in these hours, and there is a responsibility for these runners or walkers to make themselves as visible as possible,” said David Durkin. “They should wear appropriate clothing which is bright colors or reflective, and use lights, so motorists can see them.

“Being out there in dark clothing isn’t good for anyone, including the driver, because no one wants to hit someone with their vehicle,” he added.

David Durkin said that being visible does not mean spending large amount of money for safety, as there are “little strobe lights that are a couple of bucks” and there is inexpensive reflective tape and reflective vests that will help make the runner, walker or cyclist more visible.

A light attached to the back of a runner’s shoes is a nice way to promote safety. “The motion from the shoes helps a driver see that someone is moving,” noted Brittany Durkin.

David Scott, a regular customer at Terra Running Co., said he tries to practice all of these safety measures.

“I know it is important for runners to be as aware of cars and other vehicles on the road, and to make these drivers not come up on you because they can’t see you,” Scott said. “And there are lot of simple options.”

The Durkins said that even if a runner, walker or cyclist adheres to these safety precautions, they also need to be aware that some motorists are not paying as close attention as they should.

“Whether you are running or on a bike, you should always assume that the cars do not see you,” said David Durkin.

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