After a posting to Nextdoor from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) announcing a community workshop for the county bike plan update, a couple of people left typical hater comments in response.
I know this isn’t exactly news, but it’s nice to see these two comments received a total of 20 “Thanks” (and from the same 10 people, no less), compared to 64 “Thanks” on the positive comment. On Nextdoor, these are the equivalent of Likes, Faves, or Pluses on other social media platforms.
Not mentioned in the hater comments are the usual bugaboo of scofflaw cyclists, but I’ve seen these following other recent stories involving bicycles. I haven’t mentioned the carnage caused by cars in a long time, but people tend to forget so it’s time for a revisit.
Yesterday morning in San Jose, CA, the asshat in control of an Audi S7 (an $80,000 car) drove his car like they show in advertisements and made an illegal left turn directly in front of a VTA light rail train, ruining the commute for thousands of other people and sending himself to the hospital.
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) April 5, 2016
This morning in Mountain View, a driver plowed into several cars, sending at least four of them to the hospital.
Some guy flipped his pickup truck over on Main Street in Watsonville last night, because driving is so hard. Photo from Watsonville PD.
Police in Santa Clara attempted a traffic stop a couple of weeks ago shortly after noon but the driver fled; per local policy they didn’t pursue. A little later, the driver rammed two police cars, ran stoplights, and hit a pedestrian in Los Gatos.
Everybody in Santa Cruz have been talking about the two people killed in a head on collision on Highway 1 near Moss Landing. 19-year-old UCSC student Lynnea Hernandez, who is in jail awaiting trial for manslaughter, was driving a Lexus SUV apparently provided to her by her parents, no doubt because large, heavy vehicles are “safer” for young drivers.
Fatal rollover crash in Milpitas on McCarthy boulevard.
Local firefighter loses her life in a head-on collision after she crosses the centerline on Highway 89 near Truckee.
Do your remember how everyone freaked out about the ACE train derailment in Niles Canyon last month, with several people saying they’d never ride that train because it’s too dangerous? A KTVU reporter covering the story was nearly taken out by an out-of-control driver who jumped the curb onto the sidewalk while video was running.
I could keep going forever with this. Just in the past 24 hours we’ve had at least five traffic fatalities in California: Vacaville, Walnut Creek, Mariposa, Fresno, and Carlsbad. This last one in Carlsbad was a vehicle-vs-pedestrian fatality.
There’s a certain weird morbidity when Google’s predictive search suggests death when I begin to type “carlsbad I-5”.
But hey, let’s focus our Vision Zero and bicycle promotion efforts on bicycle enforcement and distracted pedestrians. Have a nice day!