Rules of the Road for runners and drivers
By Senior Airman Veronica McMahon, 36th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 23, 2012
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE,Guam-- -- The sunny Guam weather and fitnessinitiatives at Andersen have a large number of people constantly jogging, running and enjoying outdoor activities here. With this high volume of active people, it is important that all joggers, runners, pedestrians and drivers know the rules of the road.
Air Force instructions and base regulations state some of these guidelines. There are also suggestions that help ensure safety for drivers and joggers alike.
It is also important to note that roads are primarily indented for vehicle traffic. Pedestrians should always use sidewalks and other non-road running surfaces when they are available. The safest place for individuals to run, for both runners and vehicles alike, is on the approved running courses.
"There are three safe environments for running or jogging on base," said Tech. Sgt. Carlos Rogers, 36th Wing Safety ground safety manager. "They are the base running track, the running trail on Bonins Boulevard and the trail at Arc Light Memorial Park."
According to Sergeant Rogers, while these are the recommended areas to run, many people still use the roads. When running on the roads, there are certain things to be aware of.
"Formation runs are runs with at least 10 members running with formation integrity," Sergeant Rogers said. "Each formation needs a leader and four road guards. Anyone not in a formation running must run single file against the traffic. Individuals are allowed to run two abreast when there is no approaching traffic."
Another thing runners should be aware of is their attire. Reflective belts or vests are required during limited visibility if official physical training gear is not worn. These rules apply on base and are highly encouraged off base as well.
When listening to music while running, the rules currently state that a single-bud earpiece may be worn unless on one of the running tracks. However, the rules are subject to change in the near future.
It is also suggested that runners should use low traffic areas during peak traffic periods. Aside from the three safe running routes, Sanders' Slope and the route by Tarague Beach are also good places to get a workout.
While runners and pedestrians can follow these rules to help ensure roadside safety, drivers should also be aware of their surroundings.
"Drivers should slow down regardless of posted speed limit signs when runners or pedestrians are present," Sergeant Rogers said. "This is the key to mishap prevention."
The 36th Security Forces Squadron personnel encourage the base populace to be aware of unsafe drivers.
"Any personnel observing unsafe driving practices near pedestrians, runners or joggers can call the Base Defense Operations Center at 366-2910 to report an incident," said Staff Sgt. Jay Mendoza, 36 SFS flight chief. "Please note the vehicle description, license plate number, location, route of travel and occupants information if available."
For any additional information please contact the 36th Wing Safety Office at 366-7233 (SAFE).