Once again, blinded by the sun absolves a motorist of any responsibility to drive safely.
Authorities have ruled that the 74-year old driver who killed San Diego bike tourist and cycling instructor Kerry Kunsman won’t face charges in the death after concluding he was momentarily blinded by the sun when rounding a corner.
Which just happened to be the corner where Kunsman was riding.
Bizarrely, he was ticketed for careless driving on the assumption that his familiarity with the roadway and its popularity with cyclists meant he should have been more careful.
He was also ticketed for driving on a suspended license. There is something seriously wrong when a driver can kill someone without any real consequences despite having no legal right to be behind the wheel.
The story also notes that Kunsman was riding near the shoulder when he was hit.
Unfortunately, while most experts would recommend riding further into the traffic lane to increase visibility, there’s no way of knowing if driver would have seen him either way under the circumstances.
Thanks to Serge Issakov for the link.
Streetsblog offers advice on how to gentrify 1st Street for a day, as well as 25 things to see along the CicLAvia route. They also provide tips on how to keep your cool in the oppressive heat; here’s my advice.
And drink lots of water.
The LA Post-Examiner takes a quick look at highlights of the route. And as always, the Militant Angeleno checks in with the definitive epic guide, and promises they’re all legit after punking us with his April Fools guide for the last one.
KPCC interviews former New York DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan about what LA can learn from New York; first lesson is have a great DOT leader. Which it sounds like we finally have.
The candidates for next year’s CD4 council race talk traffic and bicycling.
A new stretch of bike path is unveiled in Pacoima.
A Monday meeting will discuss the bike-friendly replacement for the Sixth Street Viaduct.
A Glendale letter writer correctly points out that bike riders pay more than our fair share for the roads, despite what the anti-bike crowd insists.
An Indio father and daughter finish their ride from the desert city to New York.
Sacramento will soon get bicycling paramedics.
Folsom unveils a new ped and bike bridge as part of the perfectly named Johnny Cash Trail; from which one could reasonably expect to hear a train a’ coming round the bend.
A 19-year old Milpitas driver is under arrest for leaving her bike riding victim to die in the street.
A conservative website says bicycling fatalities and falls far exceed deaths from mass shootings, thus missing the point entirely.
A Denver rider urges motorists to drive carefully around cyclists.
Providence RI will convert a freeway causeway into a car-free bridge.
As for that NYPD bike crackdown to improve safety for cyclists, data says not so much. Meanwhile, injuries to pedestrians caused by collisions with cyclists are going down, despite the increase in ridership.
A county official in New York state was drunk when he hit a cyclist and fled the scene; fortunately, the victim was not seriously injured.
Thirty-one things you always wanted to know about bicycling but were afraid to ask.
Caught on video: A teenage UK cyclist gets nine weeks for walking his bike through a train tunnel at rush hour.
A Brit driver seems to think 10 years for killing two cyclists while driving drunk at over twice the legal limit is a tad harsh; I’m sure most bike riders would agree he got off easy.
Major road raging jerk frightens a six-year old French girl off her bike, then attacks her father — as well as the police who show up to break it up.
A Kiwi truck driver is a two-time loser after taking the life of a second bike rider in less than 10 years.
Now that’s just too scary, as a Santa Cruz driver in clown makeup intentionally runs down a cyclist in an apparent case of mistaken identity. Here’s proof that a bike doesn’t always make the best getaway car.
And comic book hero Dr. Manhattan steals a bike from an Orlando Wal-Mart; okay, maybe not the real Dr. Manhattan.
Best wishes for a good Yom Kippur and an easy fast.
My advice is to wear spectator shoes today; why just atone when you can two-tone?