Are DC Streets Too Dangerous For Pedestrians And Cyclists?
After the tragic death of a cyclist and cycling advocate, the most recent case of a fatality involving DC drivers and pedestrians or cyclists, cycling advocates held a protest rally to demand safer streets here in the District.
Let's face it, DC streets are crowded with cars, trucks, deliveries, buses, bikes, pedestrians, and now, scooters. Is there a safe way to travel on the streets of DC anymore? The city has installed dedicated bike lanes in many places, and now prohibits right turn on red lights after a stop - both measures designed to keep people safe on the roads.
But no safety measure will stop the real cause of traffic fatalities and accidents - reckless driving. Too many cars and trucks are speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and running red lights. It's those violations of the Rules of the Road that are the cause of most serious accidents. And yes, cyclists and pedestrians are guilty of this as well - not obeying the traffic signals, walking or biking through traffic, crossing against the light, and rolling through stop signs.
Anyone can make a mistake, but we are seeing a lot of deliberate choices to break the rules of the road - and some people are paying for this with their lives, or with life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car.
Is it up to the city to make the roads safer? Not really - it's up to all of us to slow down, look, stop at red lights and stop signs, get off our phones - all of the things you learned in driver's ed are still true.
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