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@ceefer: You are correct that the design of the bike lane was not blamed when the female pedestrian was killed in a crash with a cyclist. But you are wrong to say that cyclists blamed the victim. My recollection was that on the Washcycle blog (but maybe here) alot of people blamed the cyclist for shouting "left".

While downhhill skiers are taught to shout "on your left" when passing someone with a small speed differential, that works because everyone is taught the same thing and the speed differential is small--otherwise when passing you stay completely clear. Conversely, pedestrians do not have to take lessons before walking on a trail so it is absurd to shout "left", as a pedestrian may think you want them to move left.

That was the essence of the discussion--how cyclists can avoid hurting pedestrians.

I personally think that at least in Prince Georges County, the primary problem is not the roads but rather the driver education and enforcement. I am not kidding?: most police do not know what a crosswalk is. The police do not stop for pedestrians in unmarked crosswalks, and will change lanes to pass a driver who does so--and stare at the driver to see if he is drunk or on a cell phone. Drivers regularly pass my at 50 mph with 1 or 2 feet of clearance when I walk my bike accross an unmarked crosswalk. We need to make crosswalk violations as socially unacceptable as drink driving.

by JimT on Dec 1, 2012 9:22 pm • linkreport

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