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Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Bicycle Culture | 5 comments

Who Wooda Thunkit?

So I open my Google News this morning and this headline catches my eye.

Matt Reed: It’s time to let cyclists join traffic on Pineda Causeway

A bicyclist braves traffic on the Pineda Causeway. The state's two-year pilot project to test the feasibility of bike crossings might start later this year, at the soonest. / Photo by Malcolm Denemark

I don’t think I have ever read anything like this in a newspaper before.

Lacking a reasonable alternate route over the Indian River Lagoon, they risk tickets by disregarding a few small white signs that warn of a ban that makes no sense.

Total bicycle fatalities on the four-mile span during 10 years, according to the state Department of Transportation: One (1).

In 2002, a pair of 14-year-old boys were riding to the beach before dawn when they were run over by a drunken driver in a pickup truck.

and  . . .

To the press, people act like it doesn’t happen. But I watch it daily. The safety records say as much about today’s levelheaded drivers as it does the safe bicyclists.

“We really don’t have any record of bike accidents on the Pineda,” said Leigh Holt, Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization program manager.

So, by all means, let’s get on with a pilot project we already know will work.

Did I get that right? Did he actually say that riding on a highway wasn’t as dangerous as people think it is? I don’t think he convinced whomever writes the photo captions.

5 Comments

  1. I’ll bet if that was one of the enlightened cyclists in the photo, there would not be so much dangerous empty space to the left of the rider! There’s a location just begging for “Cyclists May Use Full Lane” signs.

  2. Lovely photo. Showing quite clearly that we have here an intersection where car drivers get full spatial segregation at a cost of millions and millions of dollars. Meanwhile, cyclists get nothing but an upraised middle finger.

    It doesn’t have to be this way. For a better way of doing things, see:

    http://hembrow.blogspot.com/2011/05/multi-level-roundabout-safest-solution.html

    • *yawn*

  3. We need Dan Gutierrez to do his Photoshop magic and move that cyclist about 5 feet to the left, to make sure the blue PT Cruiser changes lanes to pass! ;-)