Jun 272012
Illinois memorial markers, dooring data and three-foot law

Reckless Driving Memorial Program Illinois has legally mandated program in which the family of a crash victim may request a blue marker that says “Reckless Driving Costs Lives” to be posted at the site of a fatal crashes caused by reckless driving.   The markers may commemorate: …one or more persons who died as a proximate result of a crash caused by a driver who committed an act of reckless homicide in violation of Section 9-3 or 9-3.2 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or who otherwise caused the death of one or more persons through the operation of a motor vehicle. Relatives are not to place other items at the crash site, but that doesn’t stop friends from doing […]

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Jun 192012

From today’s Washington Post: A scar – and lesson – carried for life When I read the June 14 Metro article “Woman killed when bike hits her put others first“, memories flooded my mind.  I remember vividly being 10 years old, riding my bicycle one hot June Saturday afternoon down a slight hill in South St. Louis, where I grew up, and seeing an elderly woman walking far ahead of me. As I had been taught, I immediately began ringing the bell on my handlebars and yelling continuously, “On your left! On your left!”  The woman must have been lost in thought, because I was almost upon her before she suddenly jerked her head around, saw me and jumped to […]

Mar 122012

Local bike advocate Steve Friedman wrote the following piece for this blog about aggressive driving on Bradley Boulevard in Bethesda and his recent experience with the Montgomery County Police Department.  Steve is a member of the Montgomery County Pedestrian, Bicycle and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee, which meets monthly and reports to the County Executive.  In fact he’s the designated bike representative on the committee. From Steve: As a regular bike commuter, I have spent time seeking out the safest yet fastest route to use on my daily ride between my home in Chevy Chase and my office on Executive Blvd.  My usual route is to take Bradley to Seven Locks Rd to Tuckerman Lane and cut through a neighborhood street […]

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Nov 262011

Around 11 a.m. on Friday, a FedEx van driver struck four bicyclists at the intersection of MacArthur Blvd and Goldsboro Road.  One rider was seriously injured.  A rider who came upon the scene said she thought the driver went through a yield or stop sign without looking.  This is from a Channel 9 story Friday: Also you can click on the “raw video” link at the end of the video (or in the article) to see some additional (but bland) video footage from the scene. The driver’s view seems to have been the same as this street view.  I wonder if he thought the two MacArthur lanes to his left were both oncoming traffic lanes, as if the grassy strip […]