3.24.2009

CAUTION: PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS BEWARE

CAUTION: PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS BEWARE!
apparently there has been some training to DC Police on the issues of Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
which will involve ticketing to people on foot or on bike
which of course is not entirely the problem

CONTROL THE CAR CHAOS FIRST!

When it is safe for a pedestrian to cross in the cross walk.... then you may ticket them for crossing mid-block!

When it is safe for a cyclist to ride with traffic... then you may ticket them for riding against traffic

Currently the task of the Bicyclists and Pedestrians is to put themselves where they are most safe...

Create Order with the Cars... then everyone else will fall into line

SPEEDING! Control the excessive speed of cars
STOP SIGNS AND STOP LINES! Enforce the rolling stop and the stop after the stop line... the cars in DC rarely yield the pedestrian the right of way... thus causing the Pedestrian to cross where ever they wish... as they are no more safe in the areas designated for them to cross

HANDS FREE CELL PHONE DRIVING! The silhouette of the drivers as I approach so often have the driver yapping on the phone. TICKET THEM! These drivers are not focusing on the task at hand... "I never saw them" is what the driver says after they hit a cyclist... well... they may see the cyclist if they were looking for them... so often a cyclist is passed unseen... if the car passing the cyclist were aware of them when they pass them... then they may be more aware of them around them as they move forward

CONTROL THE CAR CHAOS!

DC's STREETS COULD BE PAVED WITH GOLD IF THEY JUST DID A FEW THINGS

Enforce the Parking and Standing in the NO PARKING/NO STANDING during Rush Hour... these cars impede flow
they also take the right lane where cyclist travel
it these lanes were clear... there would be a greater flow to traffic
keep cars out of the Bike Lanes... TICKET THEM FOR BLATANT DISREGARD TO THE BICYCLES AROUND THEM
if a car is taking a right turn and they facilitate flow by taking the bike lane so that they can scoot forward and take the turn
but too often the cars line up in the bike lane never considering that they are blocking the bicyclist that they just passed
TICKET THE CARS... ORDER WILL FOLLOW!

Ignorant behavior on the side of pedestrians and cyclists can contribute to an accident/injury
but... usually it is the lack of focus on the part of the car driver that causes the accident
lack of foresight... no consideration of their contribution to the chaos

there needs to be a shrewder approach to this problem

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
and
BETTER EDUCATION TO NEW DRIVERS

ticketing? well... that is more a tool of punishment and revenue generation... not so much a tool of changing behavior

TICKETS DO NOT CHANGE BEHAVIOR
THE THREAT OF GETTING A TICKET DOES CHANGE BEHAVIOR
is that concept too difficult to understand?

1 comment:

ryand said...

Saw a car getting ticketed for pulling into the cross walk this morning. There may be hope... but thanks for the heads up, Joel.