Regarding the tragic death on July 25 of Mr. Koyen, but also the two recent deaths of pedestrians, one crossing Wall Avenue and the other crossing the street near Peery's Egyptian Theater, I am grieved by the loss of life because of senseless inattention to the road on the part of drivers (July 26, "Man dies after being hit by car Thursday").
I moved to Ogden last year and rode the UTA buses, walked as well as rode my bicycle all over the city until very recently. Thank God I have a car now, because it is dangerous to cross the street or ride a bike in this city. I have had a few near misses, mostly on Washington Boulevard. Even though I was riding in the bicycle lane or walking/crossing on the crosswalk, there were a few times when I was nearly struck by a vehicle because the driver was in such as hurry to keep going that they were not paying attention. Case in point: Riding in the bike lane on Washington Blvd. does not guarantee that a vehicle will not make a left turn coming from the north and collide with you.
I can't point the finger at everyone because there are some drivers who are courteous and stop for pedestrians, but then there are those who will honk at those riding bikes on the road (where they are supposed to ride), and who seem to want to monopolize the road. I would like to keep riding my bike and walking to help reduce pollution, but it simply is not worth losing one's life. Too bad three people have had to die recently and too bad that some drivers (not all) don't seem to care about pedestrians and cyclists.