I'm lucky to be typing this. A truck came within iches of wiping me and my lady out yesterday.
So we're riding down the bike path, which in this area is nothing more than a widened sidewalk next to the road. The road has a curve at one point. Right as we're in the curve a big pickup truck approaches us, apparently not paying attention, hits the curb and hops the sidewalk. If we had been a single second later you'd be posting another tragedy today.
So we're talking about it and wondering if we should call someone, write a letter, etc. Then I was thinking, well, who can you call, what so you say, what could be done? How can you make a bike path next to a street any safer? Guard rail? Cement posts? Anything?
Of course, this will attract the opinion that recommend I not ride on bike paths. That's fine, eventually we won't. But I am training my lady to ride, we're still in baby-steps, and we'll continue to use it for a while.
Can bike paths be made safer from errant autos?