Back to School

Motorists and big yellow busses were out in force this morning as the summer vacation finally wound down sending all the little ones scurrying back to school with their Andretti-want-to-be parents roaring down our once tranquil boulevards. The traffic flow really was a night and day difference from the day before, making us pay particularly close attention to our surroundings, and ride as conspicuously as possible…drivers are distracted enough as it is, but the morning kiddy carpool increases their carelessness by many orders of magnitude.

 

The FMPD was also out in force keeping the motorists in check and all the lights at the major intersections seemed to be in order to handle all the extra flow. Heck even the local Fire Department rolled out their big red engine to the edge of the road hanging a banner of it reading “Slow Down, School’s back in session”. We chuckled as we rode by increasing our speed in flagrant disregard 😉

Luckily our morning group ride was without incident…unless you count Jeff’s two flats. But on a serious note, we all have a responsibility to be a little more watchful on the roads now that school is back in session. This is particularly important at times of day when children are more likely to be outside of the school – including when school begins, lunchtime and after school. Some helpful reminders include:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in the residential neighborhoods and school zones
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
  • Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving
  • Always stop for a school bus when the lights are flashing
  • Do not pass other vehicles in a school zone
  • Teach your children the rules of traffic safety and school bus etiquette
  • Expect the unexpected

Children are our most precious resource and keeping them safe is a priority that we can all agree on. By reinforcing good safety habits among ourselves and our children, we can help to keep them safe and sound throughout the school year. Oh, and don’t forget about us…you know, the ones in flashy lycra. Remember to observe the 3 foot rule when passing cyclists. The road belongs to all of us and should be shared.

Happy School Days…be safe out there!

Route: Coconut-40
Ride Time: 2:09:05
Stopped Time: 1:48:53
Distance: 38.43 miles
Average: 17.86 mph
Fastest Speed: 27.35 mph
Ascent: 777 feet
Descent: 787 feet
Calories: 1960
HR Average: 113
HR Max: 163
HR Zone 1: 9:17
HR Zone 2: 17:36
HR Zone 3: 48:27
HR Zone 4: 41:06
HR Zone 5: 4:22

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