This is mainly of interest to me as the organization Steve was director of since 1994, the Coalition for Appropriate Transportation, is my hometown of Bethlehem, PA. Although I never met Steve, his work at improving transit, walking, and bicycling are significant. I had moved away from Bethlehem for work once I graduated from college in 1983, so we didn’t really overlap in time. I had tried to meet up with him a few years ago during a visit but we weren’t able to sync up schedules. Continue reading Alternative Transportation advocate Steve Schmitt passes away
The class was very well attended, with perhaps 40 students from all around the state; mostly either various adot personnel, or planner-types working for cities. (and the class was offered twice, and the other session was filled to capacity also).
The instructors, Mike Colety and Steward Robertson, both of Kimberly Horn Assoc, were very knowledgeable with the subject matter, and cycling in general — if i recall correctly, it was mentioned they were both LCI’s.
The material hews very closely (or possibly, completely) to the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities.
Interesting look back at a 2004 DUI fatality; and sentencing. Here’s a news story from the crash which the DUI, red light running driver nearly wiped out an entire family, killing 2 and seriously injured another, the fourth family member escaped with only minor (physical) injuries: Continue reading Drunk driver who killed two asks to be set free
Tuesday March 3, 2015 ~ 1230pm. Oh my. The story is conspicuously silent on what might have caused a driver to end up in such a situation; an apparent “single vehicle” collision. Tag this one as yet another Seriously, how often does this kind of stuff happen?
Victim: 22 yo male, name not yet released; incident 3/6/2015 ~ 1:30pm. Driver: 20 yo male; white Ford Mustang. The picture of the vehicle shows the impact area; left front corner whereupon the cyclist was apparently thrown over the hood and crushed the right-corner of the windshield and roof. Seems like a fairly high-speed impact.
Here is what Central and Thomas looks like from a southbound driver’s viewpoint. According to the news report the bicyclist was “…riding westbound on the north side of Thomas Road at Central Avenue when he was struck by a southbound vehicle” — that would be with the direction of traffic; i.e. from left to right in this streetview.
Unmentioned in the news story is the intersection is signalized. Somebody apparently ran the red light as this as described was a right-angle crash. Continue reading Bicyclist killed in central Phoenix wreck
See man-killed-while-mowing-the-grass for background on the March 26, 2014 incident.
Correction (earlier rant removed): The hit and run involved the other alleged racing driver (Chavez), Gonzalez did not hit and run… Continue reading Man Pleads Guilty in Street Racing Fatality
That looks like it used to be a very fast car…. Pinal County investigators think alcohol might have been involved (incident Sunday? 3/1/2015 11:26p): Continue reading PCSO: 1 killed in fiery crash; driver tried to bribe Pinal deputies
Oops, more driving on the sidewalk. This happened sometime before Sunday morning, 3/1/2015 when I passed by. It seems like it was just a few days ago that someone drove up on the sidewalk and killed a bus stop; or just a few weeks ago that someone drove up on the sidewalk and killed a wall. What leads to this sort of behavior — I suspect it has something to do with dangerous drivers. Like I said before, it’s all fun-and-games until someone drives up on the sidewalk and kills a jogger.
Was this a hit and run? I always wonder.
This bus stop on Warner Road, just west of 51st Street, Phoenix (Ahwatukee) was killed sometime ~ 2/25/2015 by some sort of careless, dangerous driver. It’s all fun and games, except when somebody gets killed, like the drunk driver who killed 2 at a Phoenix bus stop in March of 2013.
Seriously, how much driving on the sidewalk goes on?