You asked, we answer. On Jan. 3, a reader posted a question on Westborough Patch asking about runners on Ruggles Street. “Why are runners allowed on Ruggles (or any other road)? It’s clearly a danger to them and motorists. Why don’t the police issue tickets to runners in the road?” wrote Patch Dog.
“No, we’ve never had a complaint about this,” said Chief Alan Gordon. He said there are no laws or regulations that are violated when a runner is in the street. “They are usually on the side of the road, but there are no sidewalks [on Ruggles Street] until you get to Deerslayer. They have to run in the road.”
He recalled a few calls during the high school cross country season when the teams were out practicing on Ruggles Street, but he could not recall any other concerns brought to the department about running. He also said that he knew of no other areas in town where running in the street was an issue.
Gordon suggested that runners face traffic when sharing the roadway. He also suggested that runners wear reflective clothing in the dark.
And if a motorist were to hit a runner who was using the street? “Anytime a pedestrian is struck, the car’s at fault,” said Gordon.
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