Friday, October 29, 2010
Cyclists on Katy Trail, White Rock Lake still a danger
At what point will careless pedestrians and speed demon cyclists exercise in peace?
Channel 5′s story about cyclists along the Katy Trail was an alarming reminder of the dangers of pedestrian/bike interaction. Armed with a radar gun, reporter Meredith Land clocked some cyclists going as fast as 25 miles per hour (28 at White Rock) along the Katy Trail and White Rock Lake. According to Land’s report, getting hit by a cyclist at that speed is the equivalent of being hit by an NFL linebacker (and even then, linebackers hit you at less than 25 miles per hour).
And it’s only been a few weeks since Lauren Huddleston died as a result of a pedestrian/cycle collision. And shortly after her accident, two more incidents occurred at White Rock Lake, one of which seriously injured an elderly man. Over the weekend, I got yelled at by a cyclist at White Rock Lake as I crossed the path back to my car. And I looked both ways and saw that I clearly had enough room to walk (not sprint) to the parking lot for my car. I have a bike and used to enjoy cycling along White Rock, but the rude behavior and Lance Armstrong-like intensity of some cyclists took some of the fun away. And now as a pedestrian along both trails, I’m freaked out by the cyclists in our town who constantly want more access and safer streets but who pose a danger to anyone in sneakers!
How are we supposed to all live in harmony? Should we install cameras to clock and click speeding cyclists? Can we ticket them? Or do we ban them all together? I’d hate to see our trails cycle free. I enjoyed riding my bike by the lake. But at what point will careless pedestrians (those who don’t look, who wear headphones, who have unruly dogs, or who zip by on Rollerblades) and speed demon cyclists exercise in peace?
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