Slow by nature

Although the vast majority of vehicles are driven at the “normal speed of traffic” — there are many classes of vehicle (or device) which are by their nature sometimes or always driven at less than the normal speed of traffic, yet are generally allowed on the roadway. These include both motorized and non-motorized vehicles. Operation of these vehicles/devices is allowed unless specifically prohibited; for example bicyclists and motor-driven cycles are not permitted in the roadway on limited access highways. They can also be prohibited by minimum speed limits, however as noted here, there are few if any minimum limits established anywhere in AZ. Continue reading Slow by nature

Childtime Sign Killed

Driver kills Childtime Sign
Driver kills Childtime Sign

A westbound driver apparently failed to negotiate a slight bend in the road and drove up on the sidewalk, killing the Childtime Sign. July 19, 2016 ~ 8AM. Warner Rd, just west of 51st St.

This is the same spot where another dangerous driver drove up on the sidewalk and killed the bus stop structure in February last year. Continue reading Childtime Sign Killed

Tucson Bicyclist dies after last week’s intersection crash

Victim: Roger Haar

Witnesses say a female driver ran a red light and collided with Haar July 11, 2016 at Fort Lowell Road and Mountain Avenue, Tucson. The bicyclist was seriously injured, and died about a week later.

A July 19th AP story was somewhat more detailed with crash specifics “Tucson police say in a news release that the 65-year-old had been headed south on his bike along a road when he stopped for a red light. After the light turned green, police say he entered the intersection and was struck by a westbound sedan that ran a red light.”

Continue reading Tucson Bicyclist dies after last week’s intersection crash

Bicycle Laws in the United States-Past, Present, and Future

Bicycle Laws in the United States-Past, Present, and Future is an ambitious, scholarly article written by attorney Ken McCleod, who also happens to be a member of LAB’s s Legal Affairs Committee. And has written much of the content available on LAB’s site relating to laws and legal matters, e.g. bike-law-university and the paper is reflective of the information there, just perhaps in a more technical/scholarly format. Continue reading Bicycle Laws in the United States-Past, Present, and Future

Flagstaff Bike / Ped Crash Report

The City of Flagstaff has put together crash data DRAFT Working Paper 4 Pedestrian and bicycle crash data. This report released in Oct 2015 geographically covers Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization (FMPO) region — so the city of Flagstaff and surrounding area —  for the 10-year period from 2005 to 2014. It is well documented and uses the ADOT Safety Data Mart exclusively. As such, it doesn’t add any additional data of the sort that was added by the City of Phoenix’s collision summary. E.g. The City of Phoenix summary breaks down the cyclist’s position (accurately, by reading each crash report narrative) to reveal 70% of cyclists involving in collisions were on the sidewalk just prior to the collision (either at a crosswalk, or driveway). Continue reading Flagstaff Bike / Ped Crash Report

Wrong-way driver stopped on SR-87

Photos: MCSO and DPS.
Photos: MCSO and DPS.

Driver Barbara Christine McLaughlin was arrested after driving the wrong way on Arizona SR-87 near Bush Highway Thursday afternoon. DPS Trooper Pedro Rodriguez heroically intentionally caused a crash in order to stop McLaughlin’s 5,000 pound pickup; probably doing her a big favor, because people who drive pickups the wrong way tend to kill people and go to prison (for a long time). Oh, and after the minor collision, McLaughlin tried to drive away (hit and run). Nice. “impairment is suspected” DPS says. Continue reading Wrong-way driver stopped on SR-87

Nighttime cyclist fatality Grand Ave in Phoenix

6/25/2015 Strike from behind in the roadway, Grand Ave in the area of 37th Ave.  Dark. No rear reflector or light.

Victim Gregory R. Stout, 46/M.

I was informed of this incident by an email, and never found any media on it.

Other random oddities: this road is part of the state highway system (its US Route 60) and as such doesn’t “belong” to the City of Phoenix. Phoenix PD did investigate (as opposed to DPS) not sure exactly how that all works.

Crash Report

This is incident=3019899 and Phoenix incident 15001205185; the ACR is available online.

Both units southeast, going straight ahead in LANE3. There was another bicyclist (the victim’s brother) riding to the right of the victim.

The bicyclist was faulted for KNOWINGLY OPERATED WITH FAULTY MISSING EQUIPMENT, due to lack of a reflector. That all seems consistent; there was one troubling/incorrect statement in the narrative. Here is what the road looks like Grand Ave in the area of 37th Ave. The lanes there are plainly too narrow, as detailed in exception #4 of 28-815A. When the “lane in which the person is operating the bicycle is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane”  bicyclists are not required to ride as far right as practicable 28-815, therefore the statement below (emphasis added) is incorrect. This would not change fault assessment, due to the violation of nighttime lighting requirements, but it’s important for police to actually understand the law, this investigator doesn’t:

Unit one (bicycle) was riding southeast approximately five feet from the raised curb in the #3 (curb lane) of Grand Avenue when it was struck by unit two (passenger car) which was also traveling southeast in the curb lane. One of the listed witnesses (…) was also riding a bicycle southeast in the #3 lane but behind unit one and riding next to the curb. The witness was not struck by unit two. The investigation revealed unit one was not equipped with a red reflector to the rear as required by law (ARS 28-817A) and unit one was not riding as close as practicable to the curb as required by law (ARS 28-815A).

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