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Old 07-18-14, 08:57 AM   #1
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Fatality Collision in Canoga Park - Los Angeles

Female Bicyclist Dead, 1 in Critical Condition After Collision in Canoga Park Area | KTLA 5

This happened a few blocks from me. Freakin' sad!! I feel so bad for the lady's family.

"On scene, Valley Traffic Division police Lt. Warren Jones said two vehicles had collided in the intersection at Shoup Avenue and Sherman Way, then one of the vehicles ran off the roadway and onto the sidewalk, where the cyclist was fatally struck."

This kind of makes me nervous riding my bike to work today. What can be done to prevent accidents like this?
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Old 07-18-14, 08:59 AM   #2
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What can be done to prevent accidents like this?
Use a transporter. Of course then the meteors can still fall out of the sky and crush you...
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Another reminder of why we shouldn't ride on the sidewalk. (sorry couldn't resist the irony).

The sad truth is that there's little that can be done to prevent this kind of stuff. Vehicles have steadily improved the protection for their occupants who historically account for the greatest number of auto deaths. However, it's much harder to protect the victims of "collateral damage". In cities like NY where there's parallel parking on a large percentage of streets, the parked cars act as a buffer, but there's no way to line all out streets with crash barriers.

On the bright side (statistically, not to those involved) this kind of collateral damage death isn't all that common.
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Old 07-18-14, 09:26 AM   #4
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Very sad. Riding on the sidewalk is the most dangerous place to be for a cyclist but this appears to have just been a freak accident that couldn't be avoided. The only way to be 100% safe is stay off your bike but then there are other risks you're still taking every day. Follow the rules of the road and be 200% more alert than everyone else.

A couple of days ago I was stopped at a light at a 3 way. My light turned green and I was about to take a left onto a main road (50 feet from my office) and I guy in a Prius blew through the red light at about 40 mph without slowing down. Of course I could see his head down so probably texting. Luckily I was watching the traffic not just my light turning and I could tell from a block away that he wasn't slowing down so I knew he was either going to run the light or have to slam his breaks which could have caused more problems so I hesitated at the light for 20 seconds before going. If I had just gone when my light turned green my day could have been very different. Luckily there were no cars behind me so I didn't feel pressure to go when the light turned. But commuting 5 days a week and being on my bike 7 days a week I have these little close calls a few times a week.
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I wouldn't be surprised in that speeding was involved, and/or one of motorists had their attention diverted elsewhere to something other than their driving.
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