Blogging Bayport Alameda

March 13, 2019

It’s your fault

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

First off, let me just say that the whole of Bay Farm when it comes to road design is just terrible. It is the worst. Ridiculously wide streets for no apparent reason other than to encourage people to speed.

The protected bike lanes next to the sidewalks are in such shabby condition it’s actually a  deterrent to using the elevated bike path because it’s equivalent to riding over a ton of baby speed bumps.

I passed by this collision yesterday morning and indeed the driver did appear distraught, but this take from the Alameda Police Department is just…heavy sigh.

While 100% yes bicyclists, particularly of the kid variety, should be extra cautious when riding bicycles around town, I guess I’m miffed by the fact that we don’t expect adults wrapped in tons of steel to be more careful, particular around school drop off time.   Unless the adult was new to the area or had never driven in Alameda before, s/he would have known that this time of day is the time when there is a shit ton of kids biking to school.  And while some of them hop off their bikes and walk them across intersections a lot of them don’t.  And I get why they don’t because it’s a pain in the ass and we, as adult drivers, do the same type of thing when we roll to a pause at an intersection and then just blow through if it’s clear.

If we want to encourage more kids to bike to school so that parents aren’t unnecessarily clogging up the roads trying to drop them off at Lincoln Middle School or the assorted elementary schools on Bay Farm we’re going to have to think long and hard if the design of the roads on Bay Farm are conducive to safe cycling.  That intersection at Island and Mecartney boggles my mind every time I use it.  It is the most hostile intersections for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists because you’re never close enough to anyone to make meaningful eye contact to determine if they have seen you and vice versa.  Those crosswalks alone would make anyone cry and we expect pedestrians to safely traverse those?

 

3 Comments »

  1. By the way, it is my understanding the middle school boy involved in the incident was unharmed though as you can see his bike cannot say the same.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — March 13, 2019 @ 8:03 am

  2. I think I heard the Island and Mecartney intersection will have full 4-way signals and crosswalk lights this year. You are so right about the cycle paths. They are treacherous to ride on.

    Comment by Spanky McDoogle (@SpankyMcDoogle) — March 13, 2019 @ 9:00 am

  3. APD did good. Apparently, everybody agreed so police were able to release info. details ASAP. We know exactly what happened and the APD included the rules for each that were in-play. Usually, there needs to be an investigation, so we have lots of time to tear an event to pieces before the facts are known. I hope the APD will do this again if they can.

    Comment by Li Volin — March 13, 2019 @ 9:16 am


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