In the fatal crash on the Capital Crescent Trail last month, the one that prompted Montgomery County police to hold a press conference during which they lectured trail users about exceptions to the right-of-way rules, the cyclists appears to have had the right-of-way and the driver was at fault, according to one report.
Bystanders said they saw one car stop before the crosswalk. This car might have blocked the view of the second motorist in the adjoining lane.
The law requires that a driver stop in the adjacent lane when a vehicle in an adjoining lane has stopped, but the custom is not to stop or even to slow down. Drivers don’t want to be rude to cars behind them, and stopping might cause a rear-end collision.
The same article lists some good suggestions for improving that crossing. These include a road diet, slower speed limits and
Restore the original direct crosswalk following the original (straightened) trail route.
Place the crosswalk on a speed table—a flat, raised speed bump, wide enough for cyclists and pedestrians to cross.
Remove the driveway entrance for the pool near the crosswalk—there is another entrance to the pool on Hillandale Road, away from cyclists.
Light the area from the trail through the crosswalk to well past the other side of the crossing.