Tempers flared between drivers and W&OD trail users in the City of Falls Church as officials announced the theft of five of the new Yield to Pedestrian signs placed at six W&OD trail crossings in the City last week. It has made the state’s upcoming Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Week all the more relevant.
F.C. Police had no leads as of Tuesday on the stolen property, valued at $2,600, which qualifies the thefts as larcenies. The person responsible could face up to 20 years behind bars as a felon and a fine of $2,500, F.C. Director of Communications Barbara Gordon said earlier this week.
In 2009, 84 people died walking or cycling on Virginia roadways, in addition to 607 cyclists and 1,402 pedestrians who were injured.
I found this to be pretty incredible
Cynthia Fawsett of McLean, who broached the topic in her letter last Nov. 19, said after braking for two runners who blew through a stop sign intended for them on the bike path
Runners? Runners have to stop at the stop signs?
The answer is yes, according to Gordon, who said that while pedestrians have the right of way, the stop sign on the trail intended for all trail users means just that – Stop.
This article really spends a lot of time covering how much trail users need to follow the law and how it applies to them; even though their only examples of accidents are these.
There were two vehicle accidents last January in Falls Church related to the 45-mile W&OD trail. One involved a pedestrian and a vehicle on Jan. 11 at West Street, resulting in the driver being charged with reckless driving. On Jan. 18, there was an accident involving four cars that had yielded to pedestrians at Great Falls Street
Both of which sound like bad driving, but that doesn't keep Cynthia Fawsett of McLean from noting that
drivers who know the state law are not the problem, and it’s unnecessary to remind them to yield to pedestrians via signage at every intersection.
What about drivers who don't know the law? For that matter why do we need any signs. Drivers who know the law don't need them and drivers who don't know the law....don't exist?