Monday, September 27, 2010

Lessons abound in one cyclist's injury

Street-riding cyclists, and anyone who plans or builds streets and sidewalks, should read Keri Caffrey's eyewitness account of a rider being hit by a right-turning motorist. The article at Caffrey's Commute Orlando blog, and the thoughtful comments, challenge the common practice of building streets mainly as pipelines for torrents of cars. If you study Caffrey's diagram of the accident, you have to wonder whether the rider might have escaped injury if he had ridden in the motor lane instead of the bike lane. Under this year's HB971, of course, the rider would have risked a traffic ticket. Come to think of it, state Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, who rammed that bill through to passage, also ought to read the piece.

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