‘I simply can’t cycle anymore’ says 60-year-old after being hit whereas biking

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Responders on scene of a collision at NE 53rd and Glisan on Saturday.
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A 60-year-old girl who says she was hit by a automobile driver whereas bicycling on Northeast 53rd Avenue Saturday stated the incident was so upsetting that she’s going to not journey her bike as a result of, “It’s gotten too unsafe.”

The collision occurred on 53rd at NE Glisan, and the lady was bicycling on a chosen neighborhood greenway route (often known as the 50s Bikeway). As you’ll be able to see within the picture, 53rd has inexperienced coloring throughout the intersection (adjoining to the crosswalk) that goals to create a visible continuation of the bike lane. In accordance with a witness, the bicycle rider was headed northbound when the driving force turned left throughout the lanes and struck her.

The lady, “Bee F.” posted about her expertise on Nextdoor on Monday. Right here’s what she wrote:

“I simply can’t cycle on roads any extra. It’s gotten too unsafe. I used to be struck by a southbound automobile turning left illegally throughout the marked bike crossing. Police and EMS needed to come and the driving force was cited (I’ve a police report). The sunshine had turned inexperienced and I used to be continuing within the marked lane. She had come out, then stopped, so issues appeared regular, till she floored it. I had no time to flee. She stated she didn’t see me.

It’s gotten so harmful that each journey, day-after-day, I believe I’d be lifeless if I didn’t maintain my eyes peeled and react shortly when a automobile breaks the legislation. I’m too previous for this and my partner is so afraid. I’m going to have to chop again to biking solely trails now, no roads in any respect. At 60 and never being a driver, I really feel I’ve misplaced my most necessary mobility instrument and that life won’t ever be pretty much as good for me. I’m very unhappy.

I hope that you’ll contemplate and encourage family and friends to be further cautious round marked crossings the place peds, cyclists, wheelchairs, and so forth… have the appropriate of method as soon as we now have “dipped a toe within the water” to sign our intent to cross. As a result of we’re not motor autos that would damage somebody driving, it’s human nature that we’re not a part of menace evaluation; thus, invisible. So, the one strategy to keep protected is to ACTIVELY scan for individuals in crosswalks. I hope you’ll. I hope nobody else has to lose a lot as I simply did.”

For anybody who cares about Portland, that is gut-wrenching to learn. Particularly since she was utilizing a “low-stress, household pleasant” neighborhood greenway, which the Portland Bureau of Transportation says “foster the perfect parts of Portland’s transportation tradition by creating protected streets.”

If we are able to’t maintain individuals like Bee protected from the reckless inclinations of automobile customers, we are able to’t create a protected system.

As for the infrastructure right here, I initially assumed it was what PBOT calls a “crossbike”, a kind of crossing therapy town has used with growing regularity since they debuted in 2016. However in line with a PBOT supply, the inexperienced paint here’s a bike lane extension from a motorcycle field at a signalized intersection.

Legally-speaking, bike lanes proceed via intersections whether or not they’re painted or not. This was at all times the case, however a rogue Portland choose muddied the waters with a controversial ruling in 2009 that led to confusion (and mimicry by a choose in Bend 9 years later). Fortunately, a invoice handed by the Oregon Legislature in 2019 has settled the matter as soon as and for all.

That invoice ought to assist clear up confusion that has dogged these crossbike designs since they first went in. It’s additionally attention-grabbing to notice that PBOT has collaborated with Portland State College to analysis the effectiveness of crossbikes. On the current assembly of the Bicycle Advisory Committee, PBOT Bicycle Coordinator Roger Geller stated the analysis, “discovered a useful impact for each individuals biking and strolling the place the crossbikes had been put in.”

Crossbike or not, confusion nonetheless may persist round these painted bike crossings as to how they influence right-of-way selections by customers. Legal guidelines round painted crosswalks are way more extensively identified and revered. It’s unclear on this particular case on Glisan whether or not both celebration within the collision was confused by the infrastructure itself or if there have been different contributing components.

NOTE: If anybody witnessed this collision, Bee would love to listen to from you. Please get in contact with me and I’ll move you alongside.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org
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