A bicycle commuter in Seattle versus cars, by Mike Kane/P-I.
More on cycling in Seattle, Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan, and the “more than 900 riders have been injured and 5 killed in accidents since 2001.”
Iâ€™m sure it was well intentioned, but this commuter is terrible! Heâ€™s riding in the crosswalk, on the LEFT side of the road. Iâ€™m not sure if this is illegal in Seattle, but it sure is unsafe. Drivers are not expecting anything moving as fast as a cyclist in the crosswalk. If you are hit while riding your bike in the crosswalk, YOU are liable, not the driver. Plus, whatâ€™s he gonna do when he gets to the other side? Continue on the sidewalk?
This will get you yelled at, or perhaps ticketed, here in Tucson, and rightly so. Remember kids: ride on the RIGHT side of the road, and if you do use a crosswalk, walk your bike.
The photo was posted in context to Seattleâ€™s Bicycle Master Plan, not as a â€œhow toâ€ be a better commuter, and indicative of the challenges a city like Seattle faces in making it safer for cyclists and more livable. Click through to the article the image is from and read about car/bike collisions.
Joshâ€™s point are goodâ€¦except for this picture because there’s a lot of details left out. Itâ€™s not posted on bikehugger, but in the article it explains that this intersection is where the Burke-Gilman bike trail crosses its busiest road, and this crosswalk is the only way across. The trail continues on either side of this intersection. Byron should know this spot well - itâ€™s where our team meets for rides.
Thatâ€™s right, that is the intersection. And to Joshâ€™s points, yes they are good. This POTD was reflecting the current posting weâ€™re doing on the Bicycle Master Plan and the front page article on the PI about the 600 injured cyclists and 5 deaths.
I cross that intersection regularly; every so often you get a driver who turns without checking for traffic along the Burke. I keep a wary eye out for them, as Iâ€™ve had one or two close calls there in that situation.
Thousands cross that every day, as the article says, but I didnâ€™t know that many crashes have happened there.
Car Free in Seattle
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Work less and Bicycle More
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