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Cycling and Pedestrian Crashes at OSU

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  • #513312

    Graybeak
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    Twixlen said:
    I wasn’t aware they had a traffic rules proficiency test as part of the college entrance examinations.

    well, perhaps I can get some sort of a fellowship or grant to teach “Walking in an Urban Environment 101”
    1st class, don’t walk out into the middle of High Street without looking for something speeding towards you.

    #513313

    Schoolboy
    Participant

    I’ll never forget the time a bicyclist was flying down Lane looking to turn right on red and onto High St. Not slowing down, but speeding up so that he could hit a small gap in the traffic. Suddenly a petite asian girl stepped out in front of him. The wreck was epic. She had a huge gash on her forehead. He was torn up pretty bad as well after sliding out into the High St traffic wearing only shorty shorts and a tank top.

    When she realized what had happened she began sobbing “why didn’t he stop… why didn’t he stop”.

    Even though she had a “WALK” sign telling her to walk, the cyclist still felt the need to berate her and scream “bikes have rights too”. He seemed more concerned with the damage to his bike than to himself or her.

    It is just ignorance on my behalf for not knowing, but do cyclists have to obey traffic laws? Many don’t seem to do so and I’ve seen seen cyclists blow right through red lights in front of police cars more than a handfull of times… hence my confusion.

    #513314

    MRipley
    Participant

    Twixlen said:
    I wasn’t aware they had a traffic rules proficiency test as part of the college entrance examinations.

    Knowing the rules and adhereing to them are two entirely different things. I think it boils down to a lack of enforcment. Start to ticket motorists, cyclists, jaywalkers and word will get around.

    #513315
    rus
    rus
    Participant

    Schoolboy said:

    It is just ignorance on my behalf for not knowing, but do cyclists have to obey traffic laws? Many don’t seem to do so and I’ve seen seen cyclists blow right through red lights in front of police cars more than a handfull of times… hence my confusion.

    #513316

    Twixlen
    Participant

    Graybeak said:
    well, perhaps I can get some sort of a fellowship or grant to teach “Walking in an Urban Environment 101”
    1st class, don’t walk out into the middle of High Street without looking for something speeding towards you.

    Ooo! You could do private classes & be a bazillionaire!!

    Really tho – kids that are going into college now have never lived in a world without computers and 500 channels of television. The majority of them are going to be from a smaller town or suburbia and will have likely spent their entire lives behind fenced yards or being ferried about to _____ practice. They have no idea how to navigate the world by foot or on the back of a bike – it seems utterly obvious to those of us who already have that knowledge, but we learned it from somewhere. They’ll have to learn it from somewhere, too.

    (Tho, walking around with your head in a phonescreen in a surefire way to get creamed by a bus. Or dumptruck.)

    #513317

    groundrules
    Participant

    Schoolboy said:
    do cyclists have to obey traffic laws?

    #513318

    GCrites80s
    Participant

    Twixlen said:
    Ooo! You could do private classes & be a bazillionaire!!

    Really tho – kids that are going into college now have never lived in a world without computers and 500 channels of television. The majority of them are going to be from a smaller town or suburbia and will have likely spent their entire lives behind fenced yards or being ferried about to _____ practice. They have no idea how to navigate the world by foot or on the back of a bike – it seems utterly obvious to those of us who already have that knowledge, but we learned it from somewhere. They’ll have to learn it from somewhere, too.

    (Tho, walking around with your head in a phonescreen in a surefire way to get creamed by a bus. Or dumptruck.)

    +1

    #513319

    paktinat
    Member

    Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

    As you may know, there have been a number of traffic accidents on and
    near our campus in the past three weeks. Some of these incidents have
    been quite serious, and a few of our students have suffered severe
    injuries. First and foremost, we extend our thoughts and heartfelt
    prayers to these students and their families.

    With the start of a new academic year, new students, and new
    construction projects, it is important that we use these recent
    incidents as a reminder of the need to exercise caution and sound
    judgment when traveling on campus-area sidewalks and roads. While it is
    important to note that we have a number of existing programs and
    organizations created to educate and provide resources about traffic
    safety on our campus, I want to assure you that we are doing all we can
    in that regard.

    So, today I am assembling a team of students, faculty, and staff to
    review our existing efforts and to look for new opportunities to further
    enhance our safety on sidewalks and roads. I have asked Javaune
    Adams-Gaston, vice president for Student Life, and Jay Kasey, senior
    vice president for Administration and Planning, to lead this group. They
    plan to provide an initial assessment within three weeks.

    We also are working on an awareness campaign, and you will be seeing
    additional information about that in the coming days. In the meantime,
    know that there are numerous tips for safe and smart travel at
    http://sharetheroad.osu.edu.  Please go there to familiarize yourself
    with the information and resources available to you.

    We are all part of a complex, vibrant campus community. Whether we are
    walking, biking, or driving, all of us share the responsibility to
    ensure that it is done safely.

    To be clear: There is no greater priority than the safety and well-being
    of our students and campus community. Together, we can and will travel
    more safely in the future.

    Sincerely,

    E. Gordon Gee
    President

    #513320

    johnwirtz
    Participant

    Crashes, not accidents.

    #513321

    News
    Participant

    Columbus Police ticket jaywalkers after Ohio State area accidents
    Published: Sunday, September 9, 2012

    Officers from the Columbus Division Police began cracking down on jaywalking over the weekend after several accidents occurred in the University District and campus area involving pedestrian and biker safety. Following a string of bike-related accidents, many students and faculty are concerned about safety near Ohio State’s campus. The university administration reacted to the concerns Friday when Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee revealed his plans.

    READ MORE: http://www.thelantern.com/campus/columbus-police-ticket-jaywalkers-after-ohio-state-area-accidents-1.2895925#.UE3wh0I9ldw

    #513322

    GCrites80s
    Participant

    ^That guy in the picture must be pretty good if he’s able to hit the front brakes while riding one-handed with stuff in the other hand.

    #513323

    mrpoppinzs
    Member

    GCrites80s said:
    ^That guy in the picture must be pretty good if he’s able to hit the front brakes while riding one-handed with stuff in the other hand.

    Duh, he already disconnected the brakes to make it a fixie… ;)

    #513324

    wygand
    Participant

    A lot of these suggestions call for Police (Socialist Big Government) to step in and give out tickets (enforce regulations). Why not let nature (free market) take care of this problem? Lets remove crosswalks and bike lanes (job killing regulations). Eventually the strongest pedestrians, bikes and cars will learn to travel together more safely and efficiently than any laws could ever hope to accomplish (conservative utopia!!!!)

    #513325

    bjx
    Participant

    wygand said:
    A lot of these suggestions call for Police (Socialist Big Government) to step in and give out tickets (enforce regulations). Why not let nature (free market) take care of this problem? Lets remove crosswalks and bike lanes (job killing regulations). Eventually the strongest pedestrians, bikes and cars will learn to travel together more safely and efficiently than any laws could ever hope to accomplish (conservative utopia!!!!)

    Good answer…good answer, I like the way you think. I am going to be watchin’ you…

    #513326

    TaraK
    Participant

    Walking around OSU each day, it’s pretty apparent that the campus is more saturated with the semester conversion, i.e. more bodies on campus at at time. During class changes, the crosswalks with pedestrian right of way almost never empty, and thus a lot of cars end up trying to squeeze through, though I don’t really think that’s a major issue with these accidents. This seems likely do to the influx of both pedestrians and bikers on campus at time. Some construction around campus has also lead to more traffic being redirected internally, i.e. cars trying to exit the campus have longer waits, drivers are probably irritated and using poor judgement.

    More than in the past terms, though, many of the bicyclists seems to be really flying through the intersections on campus. I’ve seen quite a few zoom through stop signs and crosswalks, almost hitting cars and nicking pedestrians. Today I watched a string of four go through a pedestrian right-of-way crosswalk expecting the pedestrians to jump out of the way.

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