Aftermath of a Bicycle/Car Accident on Lincoln Ave
Original post made by Bob Wenzlau, Palo Alto High School, on Apr 23, 2012
How did it happen? At the morning school commute, I was followed by a large truck on Lincoln that caused me to ride closer to parked cars than normal. Then a separate contractor car door swung open, I hit the door, and went flying into the street to an uncomfortable and bruising landing. (Lucky I had the helmet)
How can this be avoided? The contractor, probably correctly, sees no duty of his project as it relates to public streets though this occurred 5 feet from the project site. Through my lens, I see it differently. When a project fills the street with delivery and contractor parking, there is a duty to provide some advisory for pedestrian/bikers. This is even more important on a corridor to a school site.
Perhaps the best recommendation to parents these days is to avoid Lincoln on bikes between Waverley and Emerson -- use Kingsley instead for biking. Wait for the construction project to be completed. Wait for the street to be patched.
In the long term, I would hope that the City to direct contractors on major projects that occur near schools to consider a bike/pedestrian safety plan. My accident could be avoided with coning around activity at the site. I would have preferred this bit of red tape to the medical tape now wrapped on my arm.