So Bob Howiez (“Pedestrians should stay on sidewalks,” Sun City Independent, Aug. 28, 2019) thinks it strange that people walk on the road and not on the sidewalks.
Where does he walk? On the track at the rec center or the track near the Sun Bowl? Has he ever actually walked the sidewalks of Sun City and experienced the uneven flagstones that seniors sometimes trip over, or walked streets where every driveway is angled to give cars a smoother transition to the road?
It’s really not strange why people walk on the road. It is because they are easier to walk on generally because they are flat.
I do think that cyclists or people coming up from behind can scare people. People could walk against the traffic so they know what’s coming at them. and cyclists could ring their bell well in advance of overtaking a pedestrian from behind.
Sometimes it just takes a little thoughtfulness.
Jean Cadman Smith