Crosswalk at Folsom and Walnut
The proposed 8mph for cyclists in Crosswalks is coming to a vote soon. The proposal will require cyclists to activate a flashing signal if one exists and to not exceed 8mph. According to officials this proposal is needed due to so many accidents related to cyclists in the traffic features. According to the Daily Camera article linked below, Dan Grunig of Bicycle Colorado fears liability falling onto the hands of the cyclist if involved in an accident while in these traffic features. Comments from our press release of this a few months ago stated the problem of few cyclists knowing exactly what their speed is at any given time since few have odometers on their bike
From the Daily Camera
Cowern said a disproportionate number of accidents at the city's 15 flashing crosswalks involve bicycles, and Boulder needs to adopt regulations that speak directly to the city's large cycling population.
In a study conducted a few years ago, the city found that in 70 percent of accidents when a person was hit crossing at a flashing crosswalk, a bicycle was involved. That, the study concluded, was despite the fact that less than half the crossing activity was bicycle-related.
The City Council is scheduled to vote on the motion on a first reading Tuesday. Public discussion and a final vote on the measure would occur at a later date.
Read the rest at Daily Camera
Let's Talk about this
Is this new amendment needed? What is the core problem here? I can imagine some saying 8mph is way to slow, what do you propose, 15mph? Why are cyclists on sidewalks? Will this new law affect you?
With my own personal knowledge of these traffic features the biggest problem spot I am aware of (not sure if this matches to accident reports though) would be Walnut and Folsom, here you have a street not a sidewalk that intersects with the 4 lane roadway and the lights activate automatically. Here I've seen cyclists easily blow through this intersection as they hold nearly the same speed as they had on Walnut but on the flipside for law abiding cyclists this flashing sign crossing is a nightmare at any speed mostly due to the street have 2 lanes of on coming traffic to deal with.
My big concern is are they shifting the problem seen at these intersections from the driver to the cyclists? There is no doubt plenty of as#hats out there especially around the hill area but are these accidents happening because the drivers are not being attentive at these intersections? When I travel through these intersections I'm certain I'm near or below the 8mph proposed and still inattentive drivers AND drivers unwilling to give the right away are a problem... and will remain a problem AT ANY SPEED. IMO drivers not giving the right away to cyclists OR those drivers SURPRISED by the driver in front of them for giving the cyclists the right away IS a big problem. Number of times I've seen drivers behind law abiding drivers slam on their brakes "because the as#hat driver stopped for the cyclist or pedestrian in the crosswalk"