Supporting running in the metro Richmond area
NBC 12 has an article about Arkansas and New York looking at the laws to restrict the use of ipod and cell phones by walkers and runners.
What if the city council of Richmond would adopt such a law to increase safety and generate additional revenue?
I think that the City is best served by enforcing the existing laws, balancing a budget, reparing infrastructure, attracting clean industry, improving the efficacy (on a $ per pupil basis) of the public school system, and about 100 other things of importance (like enjoying Monroe park without tripping over the homeless, beggars on every street corner, I can go on).
Clearly--there are two schools of thoughts on ipods in the running community--both sides feel they are right--but someone had to take the bait.
New York is New York--and no offense to the Razorbacks--but given their problem with obesity and heart disease, Arkansas should be giving out Ipods in hope that people will get off their butts and get some excercise in.
Generally speaking--we need fewer laws--not more BS legislation. Trust adults to make informed decisions, and let them take responsibility for their own actions. I have seen more close calls with runners too busy trying to prove their value to the running community than I have from those who chose to wear Ipods.
well said, John. Like you I was surprised Arkansas was one of the states. I only know of one city in the state. Maybe there is a runner-hog collision problem? Seriously, like you say there are other problems in our cities.