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Sorry, David, but the "living with roads that are killing us" angle is a bit of a stretch. Some might even call it a strawman argument.

Evidence shows that Ms. Hwang wasn't paying attention to her surroundings and carelessly walked into the path of a moving vehicle - that, BTW, was not speeding or being driven recklessly.

As a result, a woman, well-loved by her family and community, is dead and a young man's life is irrevocably altered and quite possibly ruined. We shouldn't be surprised if that kid turns to alcohol, drugs or crime to deal with his pain and guilt and eventually ends up in the justice system as a result. I hope it doesn't come to that.

When a bicyclist killed a woman on a bike trail earlier this year, I don't recall seeing righteous indignation from GGW or from the bike community blaming the trail design. As matter of fact, the bike community by and large blamed the victim and I saw nothing from GGW in opposition to their position.

To hear you tell it, a pedestrian gets killed by a car, and someone or something other than the pedestrian MUST be at fault. In this case, you can't blame the driver so you blame the road.

I frankly feel quite safe walking in an area that's "designed for cars" because I can see them and they can see me. I live in a planned community off Route 450 in Bowie. The community has sidewalks but I often walk along 450 in an area with no sidewalks and feel quite safe. Why? Because I pay attention to my surroundings and act with caution.

I feel at least as safe walking there, in fact, as I do in urban "walkable neighborhoods" where I have to contend with turning vehicles, inattentive/impatient drivers, blind spots caused by vehicles parked at intersections, and bicycles running red lights.

by ceefer66 on Dec 1, 2012 2:00 pm • linkreport

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