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I am not clear on the circumstances. If she was riding a bike, is the crosswalk relevant? What responsibility does the driver have for being careful. Was the driver's age a factor? Does "Has no crosswalk" mean no marked crosswalk, but a crosswalk existed in law (as can happen in Maryland).

Columbia Pike is a major arterial, 2 lanes in each direction, not sure what its posted at, but traffic typically moves at 45 mph at least (when not congested). the cross street is a small neighborhood street. I don't know the law in VA on unmarked crosswalks, but I am VARY wary crossing Col Pike anywhere there is no traffic light. Unfortunately sometimes the infrastructure pushes you to. Im not sure if she was crossing to head east towards Holmes Run, or perhaps headed west on the service road and was crossing because that service road ends near there, IIRC.

I looked it up on a map, and found that intersection was quite close to where I used to live (3 miles), and I used to frequent a starbucks and grocery store in the strip mall across the street. That area has the classic mid century American suburb feel - no sidewalks, no crosswalks, and no real way to get anywhere except by car. You can get a sense of it at Google Street view: http://goo.gl/maps/MTLVv

I always wanted to ride my bike there but there just wasn't a route that didn't involve being ON Columbia Pike for at least a part of the route, and it never felt like a safe decision.

Very sad. I crossed Columbia Pike at that point once with my GF while we were riding this cue sheet (at mile 15.9): http://babesonbikes.org/CueSheets2/Another-%20Barcroft_web.htm

We were scratching our heads trying to figure out how to cross safely. There is a traffic-light-controlled intersection nearby at Columbia Pike and Lincolnia, but the service road ends before the intersection. The Google satellite view clearly shows a demand path at nearby Maplewood leading across Columbia Pike to the shopping center. This is an unsafe situation that should be addressed with a traffic light or HAWK signal.

Police said that speed...[does] not appear to be [a factor] in the crash.

Obviously. It never is, is it. I mean, if you were to look at this situation out of context, you could make an argument that when you've got a road where people are driving on a non-separated highway, and they're legally permitted to drive so fast that they cannot avoid any sort of cross traffic that is in legally defined crosswalks, the obvious conclusion is that speed is a factor.

But so long as drivers aren't exceeding the (already inflated) posted speed limit by more than 10 mph, then clearly speed has nothing to do with it.

Also, as Jaremi mentioned, kudos to the driver for not running down the cyclist and driving away from the scene--that's very rare in this day and age.

The law in Virginia is the same as in Maryland, the District, and pretty much everywhere else: A crosswalk exists at every street intersection where sidewalks exist, whether or not it is marked (see Code of Virginia section 46.2-100). Given that there are no sidewalks leading up to this intersection, legally there are also no crosswalks either. That does not mean that crossing the street here would constitute "jaywalking." Rather, it is legal for a pedestrian to cross here, but the pedestrian does not have right of way, as they do in a crosswalk.

But all of this is irrelevant if the woman was on her bicycle when she was hit. She wasn't a pedestrian, so the presence or absence of a crosswalk makes no difference. It was a throwaway description line used by the reporter.

There are sidewalks in the area (and they are not the worst for biking on - as they have few driveways, and few pedestrians) but even combining them with service roads, parking lots, etc, they do not provide a continuous path on either side of Col Pike. You basically have to be on Col Pike for part of the route, in either direction. Eastbound is somewhat better than westbound, as there is a useable shoulder in the one place where theres no alt. There is a new sidewalk on a short stretch of the south side, and I very much hope he new county bike plan wil address Col Pike in SOME way.

So, if the posted limit is 35mph, doesnt that mean that there IS a crosswalk, albeit not marked as such.

SJE - I don't see what the posted speed limit has to do with whether or not there is a crosswalk.

The law is pretty straight-forward.

Section 46.2-100 of the Virginia Code defines a crosswalk as:

"Crosswalk" means that part of a roadway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway measured from the curbs or, in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the traversable roadway; or any portion of a roadway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface.

As you can see in this Google satelite view, there are no sidewalks leading up to the intersection. No sidewalks mean no crosswalks.

But, it's still irrelevant, since the woman was hit while riding her bicycle, and as such was not a pedestrian.

I believe there must have been a car in the left hand turn lane waiting to turn into the shopping center. If the lady on the bicycle attempted to cross in front of the car waiting to turn she may have thought the way was clear and no one was coming up the hill. I believe she never saw the man in the truck and he never saw her until she suddenly appeared directly in front of him as she emerged from in front of the car in the turn lane. He appeared so distraught as we passed by and I think he must be a very kind man who is now completely devastated by this. Just two very nice people who had a very tragic accident. I cross over at that point all the time when I go to Harris Teeter and I always feel like I'm taking my life in my hands. Cars need to turn by crossing "in front" of each other so they are at the "right hand" side of the turn area in the median. This way everybody can see any cars approaching and the gentleman in the truck would have seen the bicyclist and she would have seen him and he would have never hit her. Our prayers are with both families.

NeilB: I understood from another posting that the "crosswalk" only applies if the speed limit is 35mph or lower.
Therefore, speed limits are relevant to whether there is a cross walk.

This is also relevant to the actions of the victim, and the reporting of it.
"The intersection has no crosswalk" implies fault by the cyclist. Not only is that unreasonable and incorrect, but if she was riding was that because it seemed the safest way to cross in the absence of a marked crosswalk?

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