1. The Friends of Katy Trail kicked off a safety awareness program yesterday. And some changes have already taken place on the trail with signage. But what about the users of the trail? Have they changed? A couple days after the accident, I remember complaining that it was almost as if nothing had happened. People were acting the same as always. But lately, I do feel like I hear “on your left” much more than I used to. I’ve noticed runners checking and double-checking before they make a lane change. Of course, I still see joggers stop in the middle of the trail to talk to one another, and I still see cyclists zoom around pedestrians. But I do think people are becoming more aware and being more cautious. Let’s hope this new attitude sticks.
2. A 32-year-old mother of three has stage III breast cancer. So her family made bracelets and t-shirts with the messages, “I Heart Boobies” and “Save the Ta Ta’s.” When her daughter wore these items to school, she was asked to change shirts and remove the bracelet. I gave the school the benefit of the doubt and thought maybe it was because there was a possessive in “Ta Ta’s,” and they were going to fix it. But it’s really because the items seemed “offensive and suggestive.” And now the mother has an extra battle to fight.