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Fit And Well Idaho: Being Road Friendly

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By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Centennial Grade leads to one of the most popular destinations in the area, the Snake River Valley. But many locals utilize the grade itself to exercise. Not everyone however understands the rules of the road.

Page Geske speed walks up and down the Centennial Grade at least three times a week.

As Geske explains, "it's one of those wonderful sanctuary places where you can think, pray and all your troubles get washed in the canyon."

While Geske follows Idaho Code and walks against traffic, not everyone else does.

Sgt. Luke Allen, Twin Falls Police Department adds, "one of the issues we have with people walking and running is they need to walk on the left–hand side of the roadway, against the flow of traffic so they can make eye contact with motorists so motorists can see them as well."

Safety and traffic issues ensue when the rules aren't followed.

"When you're walking with your back to the road, sometimes it's more difficult to see the vehicle approaching," adds Allen.

Geske says, "if people decide to walk in the middle of the road or rollerblade in the middle of the road, it causes traffic jams then it's not as great for those trying to exercise and enjoy the canyon."

Back in December of 2011, the city council voted unanimously to put these signs at the top and bottom of the grade. They remind everyone about the safe ways of using the road. But have they made a difference?

Allen explains, "it hasn't been a change. I think people have been comfortable with doing this for so many years they're really not aware that the rules have changed and they need to be walking against the flow of traffic."

As for Geske, following the rules of the road leaves more time for her to enjoy her walk.

If you're caught breaking the law, you could face a $61 fine.

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