My friend Janet Lafleur wrote a sweet story for the Mountain View (CA) Voice about family cycling. Most reader comments were positive, but there’s one in every crowd — the one who believes biking with children on a low-speed street such as Castro Street in Mountain View constitutes “child endangerment” and parents who bike with their children should be arrested.
Just two days later, a major car crash in the Central Valley city of Lodi killed three siblings, a pregnant mother and two other adults. Car collisions are a leading cause of death for children in the United States. Over 1200 children younger than 14 will be killed as occupants in motor vehicle crashes this year. About 170,000 children are injured each year.
Who’s endangering whom?
More carnage below.
I’ve tracked 18 traffic fatalities in California as of Thursday morning. Fatalities in the San Francisco Bay Area include this overturned vehicle in Contra Costa County and this pedestrian fatality this morning in Santa Rosa.
Murph just pinged me to let me know the Santa Rosa pedestrian fatality was a woman walking across the parking lot after she drove to the gym to ride a stationary bicycle. Somebody forward that news item to Earl Blumenauer.
Pedestrian killed Monday night in San Jose.
Judge dismisses lawsuit against city of Santa Rosa after a four year old child killed by hit-and-run driver.
Ramona Turner reminds us to watch for deer on the highways through the Santa Cruz Mountains. I know a couple of people near my home who’ve slammed full speed into deer while bicycling, so this advice applies to cyclists as well.
$35 million for smart detour signs to redirect Highway 101 traffic through Redwood City, CA in the event of a traffic stopping incident. Caltrans also spent $80 million for similar signs along I-80 through the East Bay and $21 million in San Joaquin County.
Right turn from the left lane.