Heads up: It's time to share the roads

Just a few words about moms

A heads up to Kenai Peninsula motorists: winter is finally receding, which means it is time to share the road with motorcyclists, bicyclists, runners, and walkers.

And a heads up to all those motorcyclists, bicyclists, runners and walkers out sharing the road: it is your responsibility to make sure you are doing so safely.

Winter road conditions in Alaska demand drivers be alert and attentive at all times. Just because it’s warmed up and daylight hours stretch from early morning to late at night, now is not the time to let down our guard. In fact, it’s time to be extra attentive, especially along Kalifornsky Beach Road and the Kenai Spur Highway, where the bike path and Unity Trail get heavy use all season.

Likewise, those out enjoying the central Peninsula by bike, in-line skates, or on foot, need to know — and follow — the rules of the road.

Bicyclists who ride on the roadway need to obey traffic laws, including stopping at red lights and signaling turns. Make sure your bike has the proper reflectors and lights. Be predictable — don’t weave on and off of the bike path, for example, or cut in front of traffic without looking. Make yourself visible. Neon colors are back in fashion, and they are a great way to help make sure everyone else can see you.

If you’re riding on the bike path, be aware that there’s rules of the road there, too. Pedestrians always have the right of way. Pay careful attention where the path crosses roads and driveways.

Most importantly, whether you’re riding on the road, on the trail, or at the skate park, a kid or an adult, wear a properly fitted helmet.

For those using roads, sidewalks and paths on foot, many of the same rules apply. Be visible, look both ways, and be aware of and considerate to other users who might be moving a little faster or slower.

We hope the pleasant days continue — with regard to both the weather and our experiences out and about.

While just having a child makes someone a mother, there’s so much more than that to being a mom.

Child rearing might cover the basics, but here’s a few other titles we’d add to Mom’s job description: family counselor/psychologist; emergency first responder; financial planner; athletic trainer; head chef; logistics and transportation coordinator; social planner; academic tutor; dispute mediator; confidant; fashion consultant; hair stylist; best friend. And all that is just the beginning, because no job description for motherhood would be complete without the phrase “other duties as needed.”

So, to all of our moms, thanks for all you do. Happy Mother’s Day.

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