Traffic Violence won't be fixed by planners and engineers who view cities as a means to run an economy over the lives of people in them -- only we can fix it ourselves.
The driver who hit the friend's dad probably got no sanctions at all, not even a ticket, because drivers almost never get any punishment for traffic violence. Even when they kill a cyclist while doing something illegal like speeding, or failing to yield to a cyclist when turning, or when they kill a pedestrian by failing to yield to someone in a crosswalk.
Sunnyvale. That would be the same Sunnyvale that has a "bike lane" that turns into car parking at 6 pm. Because, I guess, everyone who commutes by bike is home by 6, and nobody every goes out to dinner, or does errands, or visits friends, or comes home from a long bike ride after 6.
Been hearing the same message for a long time now from Strong Towns. There’s something seriously broken with the way the city’s traffic engineers interface with the public.
I'm so sorry this happened to your partners father and that it just never stops happening anywhere. I 100% agree that we've reached the point where tactical urbanism is the only option. In addition to those you've listed, I appreciate the efforts of the Crosswalk Collective adding crosswalks in LA https://twitter.com/CrosswalksLA. I may have to paint one on my corner.
120,000 cyclists are injured by motorist a year? I assume that number includes motorcyclists because there's only a million or so bicycle commuters in the US.
Tragically, deaths due to motor vehicles rose 21% from 37,500 in 2019 to 45,500 in 2021. The rise began in May/June 2020 and deaths disproportionately increased for young adults, males, Blacks, Native Americans and in urban centers. In Alameda county the overall jump was larger at 30%.
So I think it's worth raising awareness on the fact that we are heading in the wrong direction on this issue.