This Wednesday, the Dupont Circle ANC will consider a resolution on " bicycle lane renovations and bicycle safety." But the publisher's of the InTowner would instead like to focus on sidewalk cycling - which they deem "Out of Control" - despite the fact that it is mostly unrelated to the issue at hand.
- It is true that cycling is up, but I don't know of any evidence that bike-ped crashes are up significantly, or that these crashes are occuring on the sidewalks. "Not only have we had our own near collisions with inattentive or even thoughtless bicyclists, but we have heard from many others of the same –- sometimes not just near misses but real injuries." I don't doubt these stories, but I wonder if it truly is "Out of Control". I ride a bike a lot and have many drivers pass me too closely, but walking around the city, I can only think of one near-miss with a cyclist (and she really did belong on the sidewalk, although probably not on a bike until she learned how to ride it better).
- Though cyclists are required to have a bell, they aren't required to use it.
- The authors throw a bit about bike salmoning in there, even though the thesis is about sidewalk cycling - Focus people
- "Why is it critical to protect pedestrians from getting run down by cars when crossing streets but no less critical if the instrument of injury and maybe even death is a speeding bicycle?" Becuase it is much more difficult to kill or injure someone with a bicycle, and much more rare to be hit by one in the first place. That's why the fines are lower. This is not to belittle the legitimate concerns of pedestrians about cyclists, but they should not be equated with the concerns with cars in this respect.
What they don't seem to get is that a resolution that makes biking safer in the street IS about making sidewalks safer for pedestrians. Do you want cyclists to stop riding on the sidewalk? Then you should support bike facilities in the street. After the 15th Street cycletrack was installed, sidewalk cycling on 15th dropped by 12%.Do you want cyclists to stop bike salmoning? Then support contraflow bike lanes. A city that entices sidewalks with safe streets will be more livable than one that forces them off the sidewalks with laws and enforcement.