Inspired by this thread I am now going to ask a question that has been bugging me for a while.
[tongue in cheek]
Here is the deal. Near my house there is a very long street with both sidewalks and a bike lane. Not a bike path, but a bike lane. Starting from the center of the road you have:
Lane: Lane: bike lane: parked cars: parkway (strip of grass): sidewalk.
The sidewalk is in good condition, no holes, no heaves, clean etc.
So why in the name of the holy Jim Fixx do joggers insist on running in the bike lane?
Here I am trying to do my not so famous Lance Armstrong imitation and when I look up here comes this idiot jogging in my bike lane headed toward me. Of course this idgit will not move out of the bike lane, and will force me to swerve into the traffic lane to avoid his stupid ass. I also have seen some people jogging with the flow of traffic (again in the bike lane)
The only reason for this behavior that I can think of is that jogging kills brain cells. When someone takes up jogging they have a full complement of brain cells, and they use the sidewalk. As they jog more and more, they kill brain cells. At a certain point, enough cells are killed, they forget that pedestrians aren’t supposed to play in the street and they start to run in the street. Against traffic, since they still have that 3rd brain cell working. However when they get completely brain dead, the run with traffic and will never see the car that creams them.
I mean come on now, at what age were you taught not to play in the street?
[/tongue in cheek]
So why are these joggers running in the street when there is a perfectly good sidewalk just on the other side of the parked cars?