ALLI GOODBODY/ Staff Writer
Being a skateboarder in a city is a very dangerous thing, especially with cars paying almost no attention. There is already danger being a pedestrian on foot, but if you are on wheels, you are far more at risk. I speak from experience, having been clipped by a car on my board while crossing Poway Road while the crosswalk light was green.
Car drivers tend to be reckless and careless towards pedestrians of all types, even motorcyclists. I have seen multiple bike riders have to either brake hard or swerve and hit the curb due to a driver just not caring enough to look. People just drive without consistently checking mirrors and their blind spots, or even simply looking to the side. Really, how hard is glancing to the side? The driver who clipped me wasn’t even going on a green light. They ran a red light while I was crossing the street.
Stopping on a bike or scooter is far easier than a skateboard because you have actual brakes on your wheels instead of having to use your foot. Newton’s laws dictate that an object in motion tends to stay in motion, so trying to use your foot to stop the momentum of a fast moving board could send you flying. Cars cannot expect boarders to be able to stop on a dime just so they can drive however they please. Our turning radius on a board is also very limited. Most boards can’t even make a forty five degree turn quickly.
Car drivers should learn to drive safely and slowly when confronted with pedestrians on foot and on wheels, to make the world a safer place for all.by