12/16/2021 ~ 10pm
“in the area of 34th Street and McDowell Road, according to a Phoenix Police Department news release… Jeffrey Ray, 53, was riding a bicycle and crossing McDowell Road mid-block”
“A sedan driven by 18-year-old Javon Holston was traveling east on McDowell Road when the vehicle struck Ray and continued driving, according to police officials. Officers found Holston and took him into custody.” — azcentral
Ironically, a piece in the New Times mentions Ray’s, and Hans Hughes’ deaths as a reason for needing “protected” bike lanes. This is rather disingenuous to say the least — according to police Hughes was killed by a drunk red-light runner at an intersection, and Ray was killed “crossing” the street mid-block (in the dark, it wasn’t mentioned if he had the required headlight).
Physically an un-scalable impermeable barrier could have prevented Ray from even attempting to “cross” mid-block — but there are no such protected bike lanes in any urban area, there are too many necessary crossing opportunities (driveways and intersections), a barrier like that would only work next to something like a freeway (no intersections or driveways).
And no “protection” is going to stop red light runners from striking people (be they in vehicles, walking or riding a bike) at right-angles in an intersection. not even so-called “protected intersections“.