Jogging in the Roadway

Question

Pat asked: I was jogging in a well established biking and jogging area and was stopped by a policeman stating that he could “cite” me for not jogging on the sidewalk when it was near the bike lane, even though the sidewalk was very congested with walkers.  Any thoughts on the subject?

Answer

Only that the officer is correct.

s. 316.130Pedestrians; Traffic Regulations

(3) Where sidewalks are provided, no pedestrian shall, unless required by other circumstances, walk along and upon the portion of a roadway paved for vehicular traffic.

You may consider that other circumstances required you to use the roadway, but apparently the officer didn’t agree.

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One comment on “Jogging in the Roadway
  1. Dwight Kingsbury says:

    Some runners prefer to run in the early morning or later evening when it’s cooler and sidewalks usually have little traffic or, at least, are not congested. If a sidewalk has so many users or crossing-path movements are so frequent that a runner needs good dodging skills, and this condition occurs routinely occurs for hours on a fair-weather day, it’s undersized.

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