Comment 41755

By frank (registered) | Posted June 09, 2010 at 11:24:14

I am frequently frustrated by cyclists using the sidewalks in my area. First of all it's dangerous to pedestrians and secondly it's dangerous to them. Yesterday I was driving home and watch a guy with one of those motorized bikes flip from road to sidewalk to avoid a red light and stopped traffic.

I actually feel bad for the guy driving the SUV he hit. From the sounds of it the cyclist was going at a fair clip (to smash his head through the windshield). THere was an 18 wheeler driving down Upper James with 4ways on looking for a place to stop and this guy probably thought, "I'll duck in quickly before he blocks the entrance" checks for ppl on the sidewalk, gives it a bootful only to be blindsided by the cyclist who was in a place he shouldn't have been.

I'd love to say if you feel like you need to bike on the sidewalk, don't bike but that is counter productive as well. Something has to be done... I have been thinking about the configurations on Upper James and with the current lanewidths it should be relatively easy to install bike lanes and narrow the lanes a bit. Sure it would slow traffic down but is that really a bad thing?

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