Why I Harp So Much

This is why I harp so much about cars being careful and aware of bikes when they drive. I bike this route every day, to me this is horrifying. From the Seattle Times:

Seattle police and firefighters are investigating a fatal crash in the Eastlake neighborhood.

A bicyclist was struck by a dump truck at Eastlake Avenue East and Fuhrman Avenue East, near the University Bridge, according to firefighters. The bicyclist died at the scene, said a Seattle fire spokeswoman.

2 Comments so far

  1. Denny (unregistered) on September 8th, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

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    As a bicycle commuter and former racecar driver, I’m more aware than most drivers, and check my mirrors for bikes passing me on the right every time I make a right turn in the city. BUT, I know that 99% of other drivers out there either aren’t aware like that, or just don’t think to look for bikes.

    Fellow cyclists, do yourselves a favor and be ready for that truck to turn right any time you’re passing traffic in the bike lane. Same goes for oncoming cars turning left – after getting hit by one of those, I’m predisposed to think they’re all out to get me.

    Until we have curb-protected bike lanes with separate traffic signals, it’s up to us to protect ourselves.

    And fellow drivers – please try to be situationally aware. I hate to think of the pain that dump truck driver will have to carry around for the rest of his life.

  2. Ryan (unregistered) on September 8th, 2007 @ 4:12 pm

    I don’t think all the details are in but it sounds like the driver couldn’t do anything to avoid what happened. It sounds like it was just a terrible accident at a dangerous intersection.

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