The two deaths near Cupertino on Sunday are no different. Bike Lawyer takes the Mercury News to task. I came across this:
Bike accident a reminder to respect the center stripe
By William Brand, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 03/10/2008 10:17:40 AM PDT
OAKLAND _ A crash like the one that took the lives of two Bay Area cyclists near Cupertino Sunday is a tragedy that should serve as a warning to both urban bicycle riders and motorists to respect the center stripe on a street, road or highway, the head of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition said this morning.
...The accident at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on Stevens Canyon Road in Cupertino took the lives of Matt Peterson, 30, of San Francisco, and Kristy Gough, 31, of Oakland.
One thing bicycle riders, those who commute by bike or just like to tool around the neighborhood, can do is learn safety skills, Raburn said.
Thanks to Measure B, the bond issue passed by Alameda County voter, the coalition is offering a series of "street smart" classes free in coming months in Oakland and around Alameda County. Each class is taught by League of American Bicyclists-certified instructors.
There's no mention of the driver's role in this crash, and he's the one who crossed the centerline, plowed into a group of people and killed two of them. No, the focus is on cyclists themselves. We're responsible for our own safety, apparently even when an out-of-control SUV comes at us head on.
If you read CycleDog regularly, you know that I'm a strong proponent of bicycling education. Normally I'd welcome an article focusing on the role of the League's BikeEd program, but in the context of this crash, the article reeks of blame-the-victim. If I recall right, there isn't a 'dodge the veering SUV' drill in any of LAB's material.
One story said that the sheriff's deputy may have fallen asleep at the wheel. That's something that will be checked in depth - I hope. Like any crash, the root causes should be fully investigated if only to find ways to avoid similar crashes in the future.
Labels: bicycling advocacy