A 19 yr old SDSU Cross Country athlete was killed while training when a van crossed the center line and hit him. He was running on the shoulder of the roadway. There is a white cross on the South side of the road on West 4th Street signifying the place where a runner or a bicyclist lost his life due to a vehicle.
I am a runner. I love the early morning run just before dawn. I try to wear light colored clothing and I never leave the house without my halogen headlight which I purchased in the Wal-Mart camping aisle. I run on the left so that I can see what is coming at me. When a car approaches, I move to the far left of the shoulder. Most drivers are very courteous and cautious. When they see me and if oncoming traffic is clear they pull into the other lane away from me while they are passing. Some slow down and wave. I appreciate that. Others go speeding past without slowing down or moving over and sometimes there is the occasional driver who seems to take fun in gunning the engine as they go past.
About 3 days a week I drive to the YMCA in the dark to work out. I often come across runners and walkers and bicyclists in dark colors with no reflective gear or lights. You are difficult to see. Be responsible for yourselves. Wear reflective clothing EVERYTIME. Purchase a headlight, your life is worth the few bucks. Wear light colors. Be aware of your surroundings and of stupid drivers who may be distracted or fatigued or just plain stupid.
Drivers, please be watchful. We can all share the road in a safe manner. Slow down, use your headlights, move over if it is safe. Obey traffic controls. Stop signs are for you and they are there for your safety and ours. And again, SLOW DOWN.