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Accidents are waiting to happen

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From page A6 | March 07, 2014 |

My fellow citizens of Davis: For too long I have stated that the city of Davis is a heartbeat away from a major and crippling accident or series of accidents. Why? Simple: the too many near-misses of car vs. car, or car vs. bicyclist or car vs. pedestrian or bicyclist vs. car, and let us not forget pedestrian vs. car.

Alas, now I must report that the once-fine city of Davis is a half-a-heartbeat away from a major and very crippling accident. Recently, while traveling south on B Street, I heard a bicyclist telling the driver of a black car to use his turn signals as he, the bicyclist, was trying not to hit the car as the car forced the bicyclist to also turn right from Eighth Street onto B Street.

Thankfully, the bicyclist was not hurt, and no doubt the two high schools boys made it to their class on time. City of Davis, we are close.

Peter S. Lust
Davis

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  • Greg JohnsonMarch 07, 2014 - 2:58 pm

    I have noticed a disturbing trend of cyclists acting like they own the road, particularly at rush hours near the university. Cyclists wanting to go to the left turn lane from the bike lane signal and go, without looking to see if a car is coming at a 20 mph greater speed. I've seen cyclists frequently cut diagonally across the intersection of the street leading to the ARC because they are on bike path to their left of the road and want to be on the bike lane on their right hand side on the other side of the intersection. I've almost hit cyclists (and a skateboarded or two) pulling this crazy maneuver. Drivers should politely and carefully share the road with cyclists, and cyclists should do the same. I think Peter is right about his prediction.

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  • Peter S. LustMarch 13, 2014 - 10:50 am

    Truly, I would agree with Greg as the situation occurs on the UNIVERSITY OF DAVIS campus. However, to be fair to UCD, my prediction, which I am pleased that Greg agrees with me, has to do with the city of Davis and the MOTORISTS who believe the roads and byways belong to them, regardless of bicyclists or us few pedestrians. No doubt, one day UC Davis will have a major, major accident that will take many lives and hurt as many people; at the moment, I am more concerned about Davis and our citizens, especially children.

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