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."
Cyclist Isidro Martinez Campos died on April 2, 2014, when a pickup truck hit him shortly after 8pm on a street in Galena Park. The impact of the collision threw Campos from his bike and onto the shoulder of the street. His bicycle remained wedged in the truck's bumper. He was rushed to Memorial Hermann hospital where he died.
The South by Southwest Music Festival brings thousands to the Texas capital every March. People get together to celebrate music, the arts, and film. Known as SXSW, this annual festival started in 1987 and has grown exponentially every year since its inception 27 years ago.
The Houston Chronicle reports that Alvester Bowens, 12, was hit and killed on a highway overpass by a pickup truck Saturday night while Bowens was separated from his father during an evening bike ride. The driver of the truck, Gilberto Aguirre, was charged with driving while intoxicated, and the Harris County District Attorney's Office is considering whether to add a charge of intoxication manslaughter.
Two recent incidents in Houston have shined a spotlight on an increasing danger faced by pedestrians and bicyclists everywhere: distracted drivers. On Monday, a teenage girl in north Houston was left in serious condition when she was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street in front of a middle school. Then, on Tuesday morning, a man was killed when he was hit by a car after getting off a Metro bus and then trying to cross the street. As reported by KHOU, both incidents are still under investigation and decisions are still being made on whether any charges will be pressed against the drivers involved.
Parents and loved ones are mourning the death yesterday of a teenager. While riding his bicycle, he was struck and killed by a motorist operating an suv.
It is difficult to imagine a worse experience for a parent than to back over his child and injure or kill him. But, because toddlers can quickly get to unexpected places, this tragedy can and does occur. Almost 8,000 times each year. Statistics reveal about 100 deaths and about 7,600 injuries occur in this fashion annually.
In an about-face after seven years of decline, traffic fatalities rose 5% in 2012 according to an analysis of preliminary state data by the National Safety Council. This is the first increase since 2004 to 2005, and many speculate there is a correlation between the improved national economy, a mild winter, and increased traffic on our roads. There are others who speculate that drivers were driving differently, and the economy put an increased number of bigger vehicles on the road - which are more often involved in serious injury and fatality wrecks.