Here the Google street view of the street the bike and truck were traveling on. The intersection ahead is where the collision occured.
Dunbar is correct, of course. Note that we don't know how many of the parking spaces that are empty in the Google street view were occupied at the time of the crash.
This is a straightforward place to ride, but curb-hugging is especially dangerous when these streets get busy. And Recology trucks ripping around corners (oh, yes, they do) are guaranteed to crush at least a few humans now and then.
If you hug the curb or the parked cars, most right-turners will probably cut you off. It's just a question of how close and how fast. Take the lane approaching intersections.
If you make right turns without merging right, in your garbage truck, at 16th & S. Van Ness. . . sooner or later you'll probably crunch somebody.
Paint sharrows there and put up a couple of Share signs with appropriate graphics. Send cops out, on bikes and motorcycles, for a few rush-hour cycles. They can politely remind folks how to share and issue warnings or citations to jerks.
Call the local TV stations. Get the real professional drivers to join the campaign.
Aren't there any Mission bikers here?
Would you believe that almost two-thirds of California's adult original Class C license applicants fail the English written test on their first attempt? Or that more than half of the renewal applicants also fail the English written test on the first attempt? A recent evaluation by the Department's Research and Development Branch discovered these findings and many others. We collected more than 20,000 written tests over a 2-day period in August 1997 for original, renewal, and provisional English and Spanish language applicants. The results indicated surprisingly high fail rates for applicants taking the written tests. As illustrated in the figure, 65% of original applicants, 54.9% of renewal applicants, and 45.6% of provisional (English language only) license applicants failed the written test on their first attempt. The figure also shows that the fail rates remained high over successive test attempts.
i don't know if it's been mentioned but the article in the OP no longer seems to mention the helmet status
it's the 3rd sentence in this report though http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?sec...rticle-9113406
"Almost two months ago, a Recology truck struck a grandmother and her 7-year-old granddaughter in the crosswalk of Broadway and Embarcadero, crushing the girl's foot. She is now recovering, but that accident is still under investigation."
WOW! No apparent mentioning of whether the 7 yo girl was wearing steel toed boots or not.
Since not all accidents are reported in the news, the presence of a helmet in a single accident where the rider was crushed by a truck in not evidence of the efficacy of a helmut in preventing injury nor death.
As a cyclist I don't need nor want to know if the rider in a fatal accident was wearing a helmet as part a a standard news report package,