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School bus hits bicyclist in Palo Alto

Original post made on Sep 17, 2007

A school bus "bumped" a bicyclist this morning in Palo Alto, but the bicyclist was apparently uninjured. The collision occurred at 7:41 a.m. at Bryant Street and El Dorado Avenue.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, September 17, 2007, 2:13 PM

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2007 at 8:01 pm

This is just the sort of accident that should not happen and what we are afraid may happen all the time. Fortunately, the cyclist was an adult (a teacher no less) who was not hurt. A smaller cyclist, e.g. a child, may not have been so fortunate.

School buses are big and it is hard for a driver to see cyclists all around the bus, cyclists are not careful enough and do not realise that they can't be seen.

It is time that cyclists in particular realised that just because Bryant Blvd. is called a cycle route, that it is not the place to throw caution to the wind. They must still be careful, particularly with big vehicles with limited visibility.

I expect the general furore will be to blame the bus driver. I feel sure that although there was probably fault on both sides, it is easier for a cyclist to see a big yellow bus, than it is for a large vehicle driver to see a lone cyclist.

It all boils down to being alive to tell the tale even if you have the right of way, rather than being dead and in the right.

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Posted by C me around
a resident of Ventura
on Sep 19, 2007 at 1:33 am

I suggest that the school district invest in putting one of those fancy electronic type beepers like they now have on the brand new Lexus cars..........(AMAZING ... they can even parallel park automatically....!)
The car manufactures have different types of warning systems that could be used on those huge buses and it could actually save a life, not to mention lawsuits...well worth the investment, PAUSD...think about it..........................Thanks.

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