Saturday, February 27th, 2010 at 10:00 am in Uncategorized.
Contra Costa County prosecutors have filed vehicular manslaughter and gross negligence charges against a Danville woman who lost control of her car, running over and killing a Walnut Creek bicyclist on Camino Tassajara, a road with fast-moving traffic east of San Ramon.
To be sure, it’s a sad case about a scary accident that underscores the danger of bicyclists and cars using the same roads where autos travels at high speed. Read reporter Malaika Fraley’s account of how the widow of John Greaves, the killed cyclist, is pushing for tough penalties for the auto driver, who was running late to a banquet when the crash occurred June 26.
On a personal note, I sometimes ride my bicycle on Camino Tassajara and I have felt nervous about the cars whizzing by at 50 mph or more. My fear: one car straying to far to the right means big trouble. Many motorists use Camino Tassajara – much of which is two lane – as an alternative to freeways to get between the San Ramon Valley and Dublin. Bicyclists also use the route to get between the San Ramon and Livermore-Amador valleys.
The cyclist’s widow, Daneil Greaves, is helping to organize a bike ride on Camino Tassajara in Danville for 7 p.m. May 19 as part of a national “ride of silence” in memory of cyclists who have lost their lives in vehicle collisions.
In a related note, even in auto-obsessed Los Angeles, the police chief is promising to do more to protect cyclists from aggressive motorists. Read the L.A. Times story.
Back here in the East Bay, cycling advocates will the first to say that some bicyclists need to improve their riding practices to avoid conflicts with cars.The East Bay Bicycle Coaltion conducts cycling education classes on how to ride more safely. Robert Raburn, the coalition’s executive director, says many European countries do much more than this nation to train and educate children and adults about how to survive while riding on the road.
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