Council to take up bike-ped safety tonight
Original post made on Nov 20, 2012
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 1:01 PM
on Nov 20, 2012 at 2:48 pm
While I am all in favor of better bike/ped safety, I am also aware that the bicyclists and the pedestrians are at least half of the problem themselves. Cross a street while texting and never look up. Coast around a corner at 15mph and make cars swerve as you go into the car lane. Start across a street at the end of the walk signal. Some recently witnessed examples.
I am a driver and a walker and most cars are very cooperative and patient when things are done in a courteous manner. Mountain View is way better than some cities but the entire public needs to be on board to make safety happen. More lines, buzzers and lights will not solve the entire problem!
on Nov 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm
Just last night I saw a collision between a cyclist and motorist on Plymouth St near Shoreline - the driver apparently turned right into the movie theatre across the cycle lane without yielding to the cyclist who looked pretty visible to me. He hurt his leg but was otherwise OK. The problem is *not* speed - it's cyclist and motorists not obeying very simple road rules. In my opinion, the driving test is way too easy, and cyclists don't have to take any kind of test. Separating the cyclists from the motorists as described in the article by putting parked cars between is one way to go but it addresses a symptom and not the cause.
I would love to be honestly surprised by lawmakers addressing the real problems here, but I know they will just lower a speed limit or two and call it a day.
Motorists - why don't you look before you turn right across a cycle lane? Why? You have a mirror right there!
Cyclists - why on earth do you think it's OK to run red lights? Don't be fools.
on Nov 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm
@Simon: "You have a mirror right there" but I don't think many motorists use their right side mirror very frequently.
If the bike lane was on the other side of parked cars then wouldn't there be more of these right turn accidents? It would be hard to use the right side mirror to see bikers when there's a row of parked cars blocking the view as you turn right across the bike lane rather than merging into the bike lane before turning.