Once again, an elderly driver raises the question of how old is too old to drive.
A 57-year old woman riding on San Diego’s SR-56 Bike Trail was seriously injured when an 80-year old man in an SUV slammed into her as he exited State Route 56, and turned right onto Camino Del Sur in Torrey Pines.
The victim was crossing Camino Del Sur in the bike trail’s dedicated crosswalk.
She suffered a fractured pelvis and fifth lumbar vertebrae, but fortunately, her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
A street view shows the intersection is controlled with a red light at the crosswalk; however, there’s no word on whether the victim was crossing against the light, or if the driver made an unsafe right on the red.
Phillip Young reports signage at the intersection prohibits making a right turn on a red light when pedestrians or bike riders are present, which drivers routinely ignore. And which should be banned there under all circumstances.
But the crash highlights both the dangers of street crossings on separated bike paths, as well as the inherent risks of allowing people to keep driving long past the age when most driver’s abilities start to decline.
Thanks to Phillip Young for the heads-up; artwork by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay.
The victim in the murder of a bike rider in Downtown Los Angeles had attended a game at Dodger Stadium, and was likely on his way to catch a train home when he was attacked just after midnight Tuesday.
Twenty-eight-year old Oscar Gaytan was killed when he was pulled off his bike by his attacker, described only as a man in his 30s, striking his head on the street.
Police are investigating it as a homicide.
A crowdfunding campaign to help pay funeral expenses has raised nearly $10,000 of the $25,000 goal.
Once again, the California legislature has shamefully decided that not annoying drivers by making them obey the law is more important than saving human lives.
California’s second attempt to have speed cameras died in committee today. https://t.co/hghoV8bF6P
— Streets For All (@streetsforall) May 20, 2022
It’s been shown time and again that this is the most effective way to make changes on our streets.
So why doesn’t Los Angeles ever do it?
Paris Mayor @Anne_Hidalgo did the same thing with bike lanes— some pilots to prove they worked, but quickly making them permanent & decisively expanding on them during the pandemic when they were well received. Don’t ask if folks want something that they can’t picture. Show them. pic.twitter.com/zodsNHYVJF
— Brent Toderian (@BrentToderian) May 20, 2022
This is how you catch drivers passing unsafely.
Unfortunately, using video or photo evidence to prosecute traffic infractions is illegal in most, if not all, US states, for reasons that will forever escape me.
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes just keeps on going.
A British bus driver was fined the equivalent of just $500 for a punishment pass that literally forced a bike rider into a roadside hedgerow. Just in case you’re wondering why crap like this keeps happening.
A driver in the UK learns the hard way that there’s no such thing as a friendly warning toot when you’re on a bike.
But sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
A Singapore man was sentenced to four days behind bars for illegally riding his ebike on the sidewalk, after a 74-year-old woman fractured her shoulder when her umbrella got hooked on his bike.
Spectrum News 1 reports increased ebike use could cut carbon emissions 50% if they replaced short car trips. Which won’t happen until we provide safe places to ride them.
Burbank has approved a $2 billion plan to reduce the city’s greenhouse gases and achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. Assuming any of us are still around, of course.
The LACBC looks at a number of upcoming events.
The rich get richer. San Diego will soon be adding bike lanes to Convoy Street, Balboa Avenue and Clairemont Mesa Boulevard in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood.
A San Diego TV station says businesses that formerly opposed bike lanes are starting to come around, although another station does its best to suggest no one is using them. Hint: if you want to make it look like no one is a bike lane, show up after 8 am, when many people are already at work or school.
The Bay Area’s BART train system is working to better accommodate bike riders, including people with cargo bikes and other large bicycles.
The founder of the Vision Zero Network looks at the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), which is currently up for review, and the “strategies to improve vehicle designs, policies and safety regulations that would save lives if they were implemented.”
A new report from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy says completion of the 3,700-mile Great American Rail-Trail, which extends from DC’s Capitol steps to the coast of Washington State, would pay for itself in just five years in visitor spending alone, generating over $350 million per year in economic activity. Iowa alone would see an additional $14 million in tourist spending every year.
A Wired podcast explains how to get started with bicycling, while Momentum recommends six of the best bicycles for commuting with a side of fun.
Bicycling recommends the best bike jerseys for a more comfortable ride. As usual, read it on Yahoo if the magazine blocks you.
A Denver magazine explains how the 50-year old Iron Horse Classic helped make the small southwestern Colorado town of Durango a bicycling mecca.
The Pueblo, Colorado fire department now has a pair of ebikes to allow it to respond to emergencies where using a fire truck could be difficult.
Kindhearted cops with a Missouri police department dug into their own pockets to buy a new bike for a 19-year old man, after the one he relied on for transportation was destroyed in a collision.
Cycling Weekly pits a classic steel Colnago against a modern superbike from the same bikemaker, and finds that 30 years of progress amounts to just 14 seconds in the real world.
New 3D carbon technology promises to lower the rolling resistance of bike tires to increase speed without compromising grip or wear.
Italian cyclist Stefano Oldani claimed his first victory as a pro in Thursday’s 12th stage of the Giro; it only took Oldani 211 tries to get his first stage win.
The peloton paused to remember fallen pro Wouter Weylandt as the Giro returned to the Passo del Bocco for the first time since his death 11 years ago.
The Giro will now give stage winners uncorked bottles of prosecco, after Eritrean pro Biniam Girmay was forced to withdraw when an errant cork hit him in the eye, following his record-setting effort as the first Black African rider to win a Grand Tour stage.
VeloNews considers what to do and not to do to get mentally ready for a bike race, as well as during the race.
No, a bike cam can’t protect you from all motorist-related injuries, even with a 360° field of view. That feeling when the food supplies for your record-breaking attempt weren’t really stolen after all.
And let’s all go bouldering by bike.
Be safe, and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.
Oh, and fuck Putin, too.
Re:SR-56 incident, best wishes for as speedy a recovery as possible. Looking at the sat view of the Camino del Sur intersection with the bike path, the accident occurred as the victim probably crossed with a green light but parallel to double right turn lanes with cars coming off the freeway to SB Camino del Sur. Without a “no turn on green” red arrow coordinated with the ped signal, cars can careen around the bend at full speed toward those in the X-walk. Double right turn lanes probably at least double the danger. These types of accidents could be reduced with the installation of bike signals coordinated with “no turn into bikes” red arrows like SANDAG did downtown with the Cycle Tracks. Regarding old drivers, everyone ages differently. DMV should be vigilant about testing and evaluating but not establish a certain age to take away licenses. My amazing 95-yo father in law is a better driver than 95% of the drivers on the road. We have no idea what the abilities of this 80 yo driver are.
Drivers in California have a license to kill. Speed limits are not enforced anymore, and when a bicyclist or pedestrian is hit and injured or killed, the police only arrest the driver when they are caught and if they are intoxicated. Constant vehicle speeding and the running of red lights and stop signs have become legal. This ensures there will be many more innocent victims.