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Bikes v. Pedestrians, the Debate, and Your Thoughts?

As my clients know, I’m not just a bicycle advocate, and not just a pedestrian advocate, I am a safety advocate. And when we’re navigating the busy (and sometimesdangerous) streets of San Francisco, safety is much more important than whether we are walking, pedaling, or driving. I’m of the opinion that everyone needs to do their part to avoid collisions, avoid personal injuries,  and generally keep one another safe and secure. In our community, we have rules for good reason, and we should all be following them.   Unsafe cyclists have been a recent target in the news, with many…

Manteca Driver Charged in Fatal Car vs. Bike Crash

A Manteca woman has been charged in connection with a collision that killed a cyclist, according to an official announcement by the County of Contra Costa District Attorney’s office. The District Attorney’s office charged Ms. Alyssa Densmore, a 26-year-old driver from Manteca, with one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for a crash that killed a Danville bicycle rider last May. According to police, Ms. Densmore was driving North on Crow Canyon Road on May 5th when she collided with Mr.George Kaufer, a 55-year-old cyclist, who died from his injuries shortly after the crash. Although no further details about the…
-Posted On June 12, 2013 In Bicycle Accidents-

Marin Headlands Bicyclists Soon Will Enjoy Safer Roads

I am happy to report to San Francisco Bay Area bicyclists and motorists alike that Project Headlands is well underway. Designed to reconfigure and improve Marin Headlands’ roads, particularly on the dangerous stretch of Alexander Avenue near Sausalito, all types of travelers will benefit, including motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and those in public transit. Phase one started in 2010, improving several of the turnouts in the Marin Headlands that feature magnificent views of the Golden Gate. Phase two has been underway for a few months and will continue on into 2014, promising to increase the safety of the road for Marin…
-Posted On February 19, 2013 In Bicycle Accidents-

Napa Doctors Concerned About Bicycle Accident Rate

Napa doctors have expressed concern about the rise in Napa County bicycle accident injuries and deaths. As a Bay Area cyclist, I love to ride in the Wine Country. You can find great roads, great hills if you want them and great long level rides if that suits you. But, like many rural areas, Napa has its share of danger for bicycle riders as well. With the exponential increase in popularity of the Wine Country comes more traffic congestion. And let’s not forget the tourists who frequent the Wine Country to sample the fantastic wines available. They may not all…
-Posted On February 10, 2013 In Bicycle Accidents-

San Francisco Tries Photo Enforcement for Dangerous Intersection

It would appear that the corner of Octavia and Market has become my favorite intersection to write about in San Francisco. Why? Because it is the City’s most dangerous intersection, at least for bicyclists. I am happy to finally report that a red light camera will be installed at Octavia and Market soon, which will hopefully decrease bicycle and pedestrian injuries. It comes as no surprise that the City has been under pressure to improve the safety of this heavily frequented location, which, since its redesign in 2005, has been the site of over 56 bicycle-automobile crashes with injuries.…
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