Mercury News journalist Mike Rosenberg tweeted out this letter sent to City Hall the other day regarding pedestrian safety and dangerous sidewalk cyclists in downtown San Jose.
Letter San Jose City Hall received: Guy worried about being sent to his crypt; "meanwhile enjoy" pic.twitter.com/6zrcL7wjfR
— Mike Rosenberg (@RosenbergMerc) March 25, 2014
A couple of us (including myself) pooh-poohed the concerns expressed in the letter.
And then this tragic story broke last night.
Pedestrians are the more vulnerable users relative to cyclists, you all. Slow down to walking speed if n3cessary, please. With sincere condolences to the family of the deceased.
More bicycle news
Hit & Run fatality in Winters, California: A male cyclist was killed Wednesday night at about 5 PM by an apparent hit-and-run driver on Putah Creek Road near Boyce Road outside of Winters, CA. Investigators saw tire tracks in the mud at a nearby orchard and had a helicopter up within the hour to search for the suspect. Putah Creek Road is a popular route for road cyclists between Davis and Winters; the deceased rode a BMC road bike equipped with time trial bars and a disk wheel, probably preparing for the Time Trial scheduled (and cancelled) last night. CHP dispatch log shows a white Audi Q5 SUV was found and towed, but I’m not sure if that’s the suspect vehicle or the victim’s vehicle. The suspect vehicle left a significant amount of debris on the road so it will have obvious damage. Anybody with information about this crime is asked to call the California Highway Patrol at (707) 428-2100. Solano County Crimestoppers at (707) 644-7867 may also offer up to $1000 for information leading to an arrest.
Settlement in Santa Cruz fatality: The Tesla driver who lost control of his car on Highway 1 north of Santa Cruz and killed Joshua Alper has settled a civil suit out of court.
The Devil’s Slide Trail north of Half Moon Bay, California in San Mateo County opens to the public today
The average automobile is parked 95% of the time.
System Failure on socialist parking meters.
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A slick, minimalist coffee cup holder for your bike.
Cell phone use involved in an estimated 26% of motor vehicle crashes.
Santa Cruz County’s $2.7 billion transportation plan.
CONSPICUITY: Imagine driving on a dark road. In the distance you see a single light. As the light approaches it splits into two headlights. That’s a car, not a motorcycle, your brain tells you.