Why We Run in the Street (a picture story)

Mission: To promote driving less so all may live more.

This post is a public service announcement. With a web log named “Person versus Automobile,” I owe drivers an explanation of why I still risk running in the street. In this respect, there is no antagonism, only competing risks.

There’s a slight analogy here: as far as I know, my father avoided crosswalks because they provided false security. Whenever I feel I may trip on the sidewalk (if it exists), I shift to the street, assuming it’s empty.

Ok, on with the picture story.

Sometimes the sidewalk ends suddenly...happens a lot where I live.
Sometimes the sidewalk ends suddenly…happens a lot where I live.
The sidewalk may end but the roofing job may not...always go around, not through.
The sidewalk may end but the roofing job may not…always go around, not through.
I like this... a zig, a zag, an intersection, and then no sidewalk at all.
I like this… a zig, a zag, an intersection, and then no sidewalk at all.
My hood is pretty good about this, but some have three or four inch cracks that reach up and bite you.
My neighborhood is pretty good about this, but some have three or four inch cracks that arise. Let’s face it: most streets are maintained better than sidewalks.
Sometimes it's bumpy, then leafy, then bushy, and by then you are in the street again.
Sometimes it’s bumpy, then leafy, then bushy, and by then you are in the street again.
And some cars like the sidewalks, too.
And some cars like the sidewalks, too.
Branches hang down, getting in one's face.
Branches hang down.
When it snows, some people don't shovel until noon or the next day or never—hey, that's my sidewalk!
When it snows, some people don’t shovel until noon or the next day or never—hey, that’s my sidewalk! Better take care of it.
Run at night time and you have a great reason to run in the wide avenue.
Too all this, add night time and you have a great reason to run in the wide avenue.

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