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State of Maryland thinks putting "Bikes May Use Full Lane" equals creating biking infrastructure. And, it's so cheap!

I have been fed up for decades now with the way local government treats the concerns of pedestrians and cyclists (letters and emails to engineers or whoever is supposed to be on the front line of responding to citizens' concerns) are always answered with boilerplate crap like "We have to balance the needs of motorists and cyclists," meaning, motorists come first.

Vision Zero so far as I can see means Zero Vision, just lip service.

I am so, so sorry for Jacob's family, friends and community.

It is worth noting that this is the 2nd bicyclist killed in #MoCo since 2016 who while riding on the sidewalk, tried to avoid an obstacle, fell into the road, and was killed. Takeaways 1) We need more sidewalks but they are clearly NOT a substitute for separated bike lanes 2) #MoCo says "Don't block traffic, sidewalks, or mailboxes with containers." 3) OGR has AMPLE space for separated bike lanes

June 2, 2016: "Authorities identified the bicyclist as Santos Escobar-Villatoro, of the 100 block of North Summit Avenue in Gaithersburg. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Police said the teen was riding his bicycle on a sidewalk in Gaithersburg ... investigators believe the 16-year-old fell from his bicycle and landed into oncoming traffic just before the collision."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/md-teen-dies-after-falling-off-bicycle-and-being-struck-by-vehicle/2016/06/02/2aade814-290b-11e6-b989-4e5479715b54_story.html?utm_term=.a459f161a69d

Implementing #VisionZero is about having complete streets and safe systems, roads,bike infrastructure & side walks, to lower risk for everyone. We need to look at all the engineering and human behavior facts that result deaths. Most importantly, we need to learn from crashes to eliminate risk factors. I hope #MoCo learns the lesson that keeping the sidewalks clear is a public safety issue. https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/sws/trash/service-details.html

A young cyclist was injured on this road a few years back by a turning driver. This heavily used road really, really needs better cycling infra.

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