El Paso weather: Flood advisory in effect, 40% chance rain
Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall.
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#2 Sep 13, 2013
Driving any vehicle in El Paso has become an adventure -- and not a pleasant one. It can be a risk-taking endeavor if you are a bicyclist or a pedestrian.
Like it or not, cycling has become a fabric of El Paso life. It is more than a mode of transportation; for many it is a competitive sport, an opportunity to spend quality family time, or a fitness activity.
Walking is also a way of life. Whether to the store, to reach public transportation or for health and relaxation, many people walk or jog along the El Paso roadways.
El Paso's sidewalks and roadways are not the safest for walking or bicycling, but what options do we have? While smart-planning developments include bike lanes in many areas, many bike lanes incorporated into existing roadways are too narrow for safe maneuvering by cyclists. Walking paths and sidewalks provide some protected areas for pedestrians, but woe to the person who must cross a busy street; crosswalks and protected street lights can be few and far-between on some of our busiest roadways.
I spent most of my childhood on a bicycle. And I knew the rules of the road -- ride with, not against, traffic; use hand signals to indicate turns and stops; have reflectors and lights on my bike just in case I was out after dark and never, never wear dark clothing while riding in the streets. These are the same rules that cyclists
Walking also has its dangers and rules; use crosswalks, avoid walking in unpaved areas, watch road traffic when walking in the roadway, wear bright clothing.
The law protects pedestrians and cyclists. Pedestrian and cyclist safety is a critical need for all of us. We must truly be more cognizant of our surroundings and of one another when traversing across the city. And drivers must slow down on the roadways.
But, many people drive as though no one else exists. Running through lights, slowing rather than stopping at intersections, tailgating and darting in and out of traffic demonstrate a blatant disregard for the safety of other drivers, let alone cyclists and pedestrians who get in the way.
Therefore, El Paso must develop safe passage areas for cyclists and walkers. Drivers must be aware and protective of pedestrians and cyclists. Pedestrians and cyclists have to also protect themselves, using hand signals and protective gear is critical to arriving at your destination in one piece. Walkers should remain alert to traffic dangers and use crosswalks wherever possible.
#3 Sep 13, 2013
Are you a numb nuts? What does that crap have to do with the rainy weather?
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