Between jogging and walking my dog, I cover 30 to 50 miles a week on Burbank’s sidewalks, and I can say without reservation that we have some of the most reckless, careless, dangerous drivers I’ve ever come across — which is saying a lot since I lived in Chicago, New York City and Glendale.
I wish I was exaggerating, but I’ve lost track of all the heart-pounding close encounters I’ve had with aggressive drivers who seem to have complete disdain for our pedestrian right-of-way laws. And it’s not the exception, but the norm.
I am now taken aback when I actually do see someone come to a complete stop. Burbank police recently had a speed monitoring sign on Beechwood, and I watched a driver clock 43 mph, followed immediately by one who hit 47 mph. Really effective deterrent there, huh?
Instead of wasting a hundred-grand educating middle-schoolers on bike safety — when most of them don’t even ride bikes anymore, and are definitely not the aggressors along the Chandler Bikeway — the money should be spent educating Burbank’s drivers.
Take a look in the rear-view mirror, for we have become a city of scofflaws.