It’s not always kids behind the wheel, cruising through rural villages at moderate to high speeds. At least 45, 50 miles per hour (and higher) are pretty fast when zipping along the two-lane roads in Posey County, Indiana (and elsewhere), in comparison to the posted speed limits of the 20 (not 25, 30 or 35) miles per hour limit. These signs are posted on every main road in our village of Stewartsville.
It’s a busy community that spends a good bit of time outdoors. Families spend time in their yards, in their neighbors yards, too. They go for walks. They cycle. They jog. They even take their horses for walks (sometimes in groups) and ride them around the village as well.
When I was a kid, growing up in Pumpkin Run, a small settlement about 2 miles away, my sister and I often walked, rode our bikes or our horses to Stewartsville. The village hosted two small, country stores and neither of them minded us tying up our horses while we came inside to buy “Cokes” and snacks before heading back home to our farms.
Growin’ up country was a huge privilege that I’m still high on appreciating.
I’m grateful that we have so many young’uns here in Stewartsville whose elders are passing along the generational blessing.
There’s some trouble with it though, that we didn’t often encounter when I was a kid.
Speeders drive through our village without regard to the possibility of cresting a hill or rounding a curve where a walker, cyclist, horse and rider or a child chasing a ball, might be using the roadway.
It’s a common thing here, and in many country villages in our nation.
Just sayin’...pedestrians have the right of way. Always. Period.
My sister Alicia (Nee of On Story Street) and her 30+ year-old rescued mare, Touching Fire, enjoying their regular afternoon walk along the village mile.
And so, I urge you, if you to share this reminder to anyone you know who might be one of those folks who zip through rural villages without consideration to the residents who use the roads for more than driving, to please be considerate of our country-cool culture and the place we call home. Thanks for passing through slowly, and we hope you enjoy the view.
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