You know the dangers of jogging and walking near traffic. Even when you have the right of way -- in a crosswalk, for instance -- you can get hit by a driver who does not yield and perhaps never sees you at all. This is especially a problem at dusk and dawn, when it's still fairly dark and you can blend into the shadows.
You decide to walk to the grocery store. It is a half hour walk, so you grab your headphones, plug them into your phone, and turn on your favorite playlist while you walk down the sidewalk. It's a great way to give yourself a bit more time to relax and enjoy the music while still running an errand.
You're about to cross the street, but you wonder if the cars will be able to stop in time to avoid striking you. Whether you have the right of way or not, you do not want to put yourself in danger. What sort of stopping distance does a driver typically need to avoid hitting you?
The roadways of Hayward and Northern California are filled with painted lines. Double yellow lines. Broken white lines. Lines for a bike lane. Lines for a turn lane.
With the start of the fall semester at Cal State East Bay, we're going to see an influx of young people returning to Hayward. That means more cars and more pedestrians, and drivers need to be a lot more cautious.
The City of Hayward is continuing work on its Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The goal is to build upon the 2007 Bicycle Master Plan to find ways to improve the convenience and safety for walkers and bikers.
Californians always know to be careful on the roads. This generally applies to drivers, but pedestrians may also be at risk. Anyone near cars and trucks should keep an eye out for their own safety.
Although the roads of California are generally safe for drivers and pedestrians, accidents occasionally happen. One of the leading factors in collisions in which one driver was at fault is excessive speed. When an accident happens, it is important to remain at the scene to ensure people are not injured and law enforcement can resolve the incident.
California is home to some of the world's greatest hiking trails, but the state is not generally known as a pedestrian paradise. This is especially true near the main thoroughfares and freeways, where the proximity of drivers and pedestrians can cause serious problems.
The Bay Area has some of the densest traffic in the country, with millions of vehicles passing through city streets as well as freeway lanes. Because cars and trucks come close to sidewalks and pedestrian thoroughfares, rates of injury and death among pedestrians can rise disturbingly high in central California.