Tragedy struck New York this Halloween when a black Dodge Charger driven by a 52-year-old man jumped a curb and plowed into a group of trick-or-treaters in the Bronx. A 10-year-old girl, her 65-year-old grandfather, and a 24-year-old man were injured. Four others, including a 3-year-old and a 9-year-old, were injured.
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Yellow Cab and one of its drivers has been sued by an Austin family for $1 million after the driver hit a woman crossing the street.
Estelle Jordan, the mother of Amos Pierce, filed a lawsuit against the 17-year old driver who struck and killed her son. Ms. Jordan alleges Alyssa Shunkweiler was negligent when she caused the accident that resulted in Mr. Pierce's death. Mr. Pierce was walking along U.S. 290, east of Paige, Texas, at 8:30 a.m. At that time, Ms. Shunkweiler hit Mr. Pierce with her 2000 Dodge Ram. Ms. Shunkweiler stated she did not see Mr. Pierce walking on the side of the road. He died at the scene of the accident.
School districts across the area have recently begun their fall term, and, this week, a teenage high school student was struck by a car while heading to campus.
Houston has continued its attempt to innovate in the area of urban living. Begun last year, the city hosted the final Sunday Streets of the season this past week on May 17. The route ran along Navigation in Houston's East End. Prior Sunday Streets have been in Houston's Montrose and Heights neighborhoods. For each Sunday Streets, the streets are shut down for four hours for pedestrians and cyclists.
Houston is not known as a pedestrian- or biker-friendly city. Houstonians love to drive and traffic on busy streets can be horrific. Public transportation is shunned by many residents and cyclists are often afraid of the many road warriors clogging the streets. In an effort to reopen these busy streets to pedestrians, cyclists, joggers, and families, the city of Houston started a program called Sunday Streets.
Houston has already enacted a city ordinance ordering vehicles to maintain a certain distance from cyclists when driving behind or passing them on the road. Now California has enacted a similar statewide law. The California "Three Feet for Safety Act" requires drivers of motor vehicles to do exactly what you would expect which is to stay at least 3 feet away from cyclists when driving behind or attempting to pass a bicyclist on a California road. If the road or traffic does not allow for a three-foot safety barrier, the driver must slow to a speed that is reasonable and/or prudent. The old state law had similar language although it did not specify a distance to maintain or use the terms reasonable or prudent to describe the necessary speed reduction.
Possibly as early as October, 2014, the City of Houston will install a two-way protected bike lane. The projected bike lane will be installed along Lamar Street in downtown Houston. It should help connect the Downtown are to both the Buffalo Bayou and Columbia Tap Trails. Initial plans call for the bike lane to be distinguished from the existing black-top road by being painted green. The bike trial will further be separated form vehicle traffic by what is called an armadillo. An armadillo is a hard plastic round hump which extends a few inches from the road. It is often used to designate a specific lane for certain types of traffic. In this case it will be used to designate a bicycle-only lane.
As the first day of school approaches for many schools across the country, pedestrian, bicyclists, and traffic congestion will dramatically increase in school zones. Due to this increase in traffic, it is essential for drivers to stay alert during peak commuting hours on school roads. Although drivers should always be vigilant for adult pedestrians, they should pay special attention for children pedestrians and bicyclists, as they are at a higher risk for injury.
The Texas Tribune recently noted an unfavorable statistic for the city of Houston and our pedestrians. The Tribune warned: "Houston pedestrians better cross with care."