Almost a year ago, I published a post called "The untold story of Dickinson Road".
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|Thursday evening around 5:45 p.m., I came upon these cyclists on Dickinson Road. Pelotoning on one of the narrowest roads in League City and during rush hour to boot.|
And then less than two hours after I took that pic, a cyclist was hit by a truck in west League City (paywalled URL). The newspaper reported that he was taken to the hospital with a head injury, which doesn't sound good.
We are in late September, when the weather gets cooler and cyclists amp up their activity. There are numerous bike fests coming up, including Bike Around the Bay in about two weeks, an event which is soaring in popularity.
And people need to practice for these things. The trouble is, there are no good places to practice around here. In "The untold story of Dickinson Road", I talked about an allegation from local cyclists that the only relatively safe cycling spot in the League City area had been the interstate highway service road (feeder) between Dickinson and LaMarque. But that was a couple of years ago, and in the intervening time, the Tanger Outlets were built, which substantially increased traffic on that segment. Now they're left with basically nothing.
Maybe someday we'll improve our development to incorporate something akin to complete streets. Until that time, watch out for cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. Especially when the weather turns cooler and more people are outside.
|In May of this year, Houston became the largest city in Texas to adopt a safe passing ordinance. They did so by unanimous vote and as an emergency measure, meaning it went into effect immediately. |
These types of laws are a nice start, but the obvious problem still remains: most of our streets are simply not designed for multiple users. They're designed for cars alone.
Graphic screengrabbed from this Houston Tomorrow post.
|Screengrabbed from here.|
|Public outreach graphic from the state of Connecticut, which also has a 3-foot regulation.|
|Ten people killed just within spittin' distance of Centerpointe and just between the years 2001 and 2009. Ten vulnerable road users (cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians). |
Screengrabbed from this site.
|Friend of a friend killed while in a peloton in 2003, not far from Centerpointe.|