Well I've given this effort about two weeks to percolate and we've had quite a few page views so I know people are at least checking. That is good. I don't know that I expected a great deal of comment after the initial post but as we go along, I hope it will pickup.
The week of the flood. I think that's what I'll take from this last week. I admit it is quite impressive when you see the volume of water in the Platte. Today is to be the crest period and it certainly is full. If crossing at our south city limits, you will see some low land flooding to both the north as well as to the south east. Nothing of consequence at this point but noticeable. Emergency Management and others have been monitoring the river levels over the past week and I applaud the Emergency Manager for keeping the public so well informed. We can tell by the volume of traffic on the Platte River Bridge that this is something people are very interested in.
Think Fall, Think Safety . . .
I was contacted recently by a citizen of the community who wants to work to address a real concern for many of us. She noted that so few people wear anything reflective or can easily seen while riding bikes, skateboards or even as pedestrians in the evening and nighttime hours. She stated that she and many of her friends had noticed and commented on this recently. I have to agree. People are a bit lazy in this area.
Code addresses equipment required on bicycles for night time riding. City Code Sections 8-312 and 8-313 both discuss the needed equipment or manner of operation. All bikes need a headlight on the front that emits a white light, visible from at least 500 feet and a red reflector on the rear which shall be visible on a clear night from all distances between one hundred (100) feet and six hundred (600) feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlights on a motor vehicle.
8-313 states that:
"A. Any person who operates a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.