Back in March, Jane Bennett Clark stepped off the sidewalk in downtown Washington near Franklin Square and was struck by a cyclist who was running a red light. She hit the ground with enough force to break a rib and her collarbone and took a fatal blow to the head. The cyclist was subsequently cited for disobeying a traffic signal. Last month her daughter wrote an article about it and about cycling in general.
The rise of cycling in urban areas must be matched with efforts - by law enforcement officers and riders themselves - to make sure cyclists follow the law.
She notes that bike-ped crashes in New York City are up 40% between 2012 and 2015 (which is basically in line with the rise in bike commuting over the same time) and then calling out some specifically bad behavior.
WABA's position (before they knew who had been cited) is quite reasonable.
the same principle applies to bicycling as it does to driving: if you can’t see and react to a human being on the road in front of you, you are going too fast. Yield to people who are more vulnerable. This is not just the law, it’s how to be a responsible member of the community. It is your responsibility not to hurt anyone with your vehicle, whether you’re riding a bike or driving a car.
Personally I don't care if people follow the law so much as I do that they be safe and courteous and the cyclist in this case was definitely not meeting that standard. I would like to see more enforcement of traffic laws in general, and while I usually am bothered by WHAT the police choose to enforce on cyclists - because I feel like they're going after things that generate a lot of tickets (running stop signs when no one is around) and not things that most improve safety (riding without lights at night, fast riding on the sidewalk, wrong-way cycling, running red lights without stopping) - I would be fine to see more enforcement and even happier to see more and better targeted enforcement.
I'm sorry for Ms. Madison's loss. This kind of case is frustrating because we can't even say "take that cyclist's license away" like we can when a driver does the same thing and gets a similar weak sentence. Sure, they'll be a civil case which I suspect he'll lose, even though the recent change to the contributory negligence laws won't apply, but that still feels like the cyclist's is getting off easy.