People enjoying a bike ride into or out of Portola Valley along Alpine Road can breathe a sigh of relief as they pedal their way through this picturesque slice of San Mateo County. Once one of the most intimidating freeway underpasses in the county, this junction with Highway 280 has now been repainted, with bike lanes on both sides dyed a bright green and outlined with striped white buffers.... read the whole note.
Last week I met with an assistant district attorney in Santa Clara County to better understand how the office decides to prosecute in incidents that involve bicyclists.
Some new things that I learned: In a collision between a vehicle and a bicycle, it is only considered a crime if 1) There is a resultant fatality or 2) There is an injury that involves gross negligence or reckless... read the whole note.
The following recommendations have been provided by our supporters at the Law Office of Daniel H. Rose.
The Law Office of Daniel H. Rose strongly recommends to all California bicyclists that they purchase, as part of their car or motorcycle insurance policy, high limits of uninsured motorist (UM) coverage in case they are ever injured by a motorist.
Sadly, it is often the case... read the whole note.
Visit these online resources for information about bicyclists and the law:The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Bike Law 101 page. The California Driver's Handbook, which contains laws for all users of the road The League of American Bicyclist’s page on national bicycle law. The California Bicycle Coalition’s page on legislation in California that impacts bicyclists. Bicycle-friendly... read the whole note.
We had a great meeting of the SVBC San Jose Team last night. Thanks to everybody who came out, and thanks to Pho 69 for giving us a quiet, spacious loft to meet in!
The meeting was a great opportunity for bike advocates, hopeful bike-riders-to-be, and recent bike-friendly transplants to San Jose to meet each other, meet several SVBC staff members, and catch up on what San Jose is doing... read the whole note.
Photo credit Patt Baenen, Scaled-Up Productions.
The Stanford Trauma Bike Safety Summit was held in the Li Ka Shing Center at Stanford University on November 9, 2011. The purpose of the Summit was to bring together community leaders to identify and address the causes of preventable bicycle crashes and plan for solutions to reduce them. The event was motivated by an unacceptable number... read the whole note.
Gabriel Manzur Vera and his employer, Randazzo Enterprises, submitted a claim to the County of San Mateo Board of Supervisors last night, essentially seeking indemnity in last November's death of cyclist Lauren Ward. The claim suggests that Lauren's death was due to "a dangerous condition on public property created on or maintained by the county of San Mateo."
From the Palo Alto Daily... read the whole note.
San José resident David Garcia was placed in a medically induced coma on Sunday morning after being struck by a vehicle while riding his bike near the intersection of Crucero Drive and Dubert Lane. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene after dragging Garcia several feet. Fortunately, witnesses to the incident got Garcia out of the street and called for an ambulance as the vehicle fled south... read the whole note.
More distressing news concerning Gabriel Manzur Vera, the big rig driver who allegedly collided with and killed cyclist Lauren Perdriau Ward earlier this month. In addition to the other cyclist who was killed by Vera's truck in 2007, it has come to light that Vera was involved in another traffic death, this time the driver of a car, in 2003. From the Mercury News:
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Police are reporting that the same truck driver involved in the death of cyclist Lauren Perdriau Ward earlier this month was involved in another cyclist death in Santa Cruz three years ago.
Gabriel Manzur Vera was at the wheel of a big rig that struck a cyclist in August of 2007.
From the Mercury News:
On Aug. 7, 2007, Vera's big rig and cyclist John Myslin, a 25-year-old... read the whole note.