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Why did the jogger cross the street?

Original post made by Early runner, Pleasanton Valley, on Mar 26, 2013

To those motorists that have been inconveniently stopped by traffic lights turning red to let a pedestrian or runner cross the street (say Hopyard Road) early in the morning when there are no other cars around (and who may have expressed their frustration with their horns), I would like to say: yes, I agree, this seems ridiculous, however be aware the Pleasanton police has been known to stop runners and issue warnings if they didn't do it. You see, if a car is damaged after hitting a pedestrian crossing the street while the light is green for traffic, said pedestrian (or its remains) could be liable for any damages to said car (or truck). And by the way, be also aware, that around the same spot, police cars are often lurking to watch said pedestrian performing its odious act of not stopping the early morning "traffic". (based on a true story)


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Mar 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I jog and if the traffic isn't too heavy I won't bother to push the pedestrian button but simply wait until the light turns green and then jog across. If the traffic is heavy, I'll push the pedestrian button even though I feel guilty about doing it because it only takes little more than a hop and a skip for me to get across, whereas the pedestrian timer is on for much longer. Still, if the traffic is heavy, hitting the pedestrian button is the safe thing to do, especially with all of the young drivers near Foothill High in my neighborhood.

Haven't had the occasion to do much jogging very early when the traffic is very light, but if I saw no cars around I would be tempted to just jog right across the street without waiting for either the traffic light or the pedestrian signal. Hitting the pedestrian button is probably the appropriate thing to do, though. It doesn't take much time for a car to suddenly appear on a 45-mph street or even from around a corner on a winding 25-mph residential street.

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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 26, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Seems someone is a little hostile about having to obey the law/rules of the roadway. See, the pedestrian doesn't always have the right of way as you thought. I'm sorry you have to follow the rules like the rest of us.

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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 27, 2013 at 5:41 am

Slightly off subject:

I am always amazed at the number of early morning or evening walkers and joggers who wear dark clothing.

I recently came very close to colliding with an evening walker, dressed in black. I presume he proceeded because he was using a crosswalk and had the right-of-way to stop traffic (this is a poorly lit intersection without a traffic light). I didn't see him until his face peered into my driver side window, eyes wide open expecting the worst, as I passed just mere inches away. It scared both of us, and another step could have cost him his life.

If he had been wearing lighter clothing, I would have seen him and stopped. Or, he could've waited a few more seconds before proceeding to make absolutely sure my small group of cars had seen him and stopped.

Help both of us prevent a tragedy by wearing lighter colored clothing when walking or jogging during periods of low-visibility for drivers; and, I'll stop for you to cross, whenever I see you.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Mar 27, 2013 at 3:18 pm

First -Arroyo -couldn't agree more. Second, it was a beautiful, early summer morning (6:45-7:00 am) on a Sunday. No traffic. On my bike. I eased, slowly, through a red-light after stopping. 30 seconds later, one of Pleasanton's finest was all over my backside for "running a red-light". Now I always stop...

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Posted by Julie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 28, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Julie is a registered user.

Sorry Joe, but I am glad to hear that...

I am so tired of cyclists running stop signs and red lights only to cry that I (a motorist) must share the road with them. If you want to share the road (that was created for vehicles) I think you need to follow the road signs like the rest of us. And, that cop may have saved your life :)

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Posted by kbenson
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Mar 29, 2013 at 2:18 pm

I am tired of seeing pedestrians cross streets w/o using a cross walk (Many instances cross walk is less than 100 ft away) Bad way to demonstrate safe behavior to our children.

Also parents who park opposite side of street and have child jaywalk to vehicle? WT%$! are you thinking? All it takes is some other parent, late to pick up his/her child- going "slightly" above posted speed limit and it may not end up pretty. Spend the extra time to be safe and to teach the children to be safe as well.