Motorist Assaults Mom and Youngster Biking on San Jose Ave – Streetsblog San Francisco
Lilia Scott was biking residence together with her daughter from a pandemic pod play-date within the Mission Friday when she seen a automobile (pictured above) blocking the bike lane. Usually, she would simply go round. However on San Jose Avenue, within the ‘Bernal Reduce,’ site visitors is transferring previous at freeway speeds.
“Hoping others wouldn’t must merge into expressway site visitors to get round him, I mentioned as we biked previous ‘You’re blocking the bike lane,’” Scott defined in a put up on Fb in regards to the incident.
The motorist stayed put.
“I ended and thought we are able to’t have a automobile there,” she instructed Streetsblog. She took the above picture to file an SF311 grievance.
“He began driving at me, I assumed he was simply going to yell,” she mentioned. However when it was clear he meant to drive into them they dropped their bikes and scrambled up the embankment.
And he turned to comply with.
From Scott’s Fb put up:
He drove proper up it in order that about 3 of his 4 automobile wheels have been on the sloped dust. The bumper of his automobile made contact with my shoulder, however I used to be in any other case out of attain. So he drove away. I known as 911… a gentleman approached from the course the automobile left and instructed us that the motive force had additionally hit him whereas he was crossing the road on the intersection of Wilder and Arlington. We all know from the time stamp on the pictures I took that about 8 minutes later (in regards to the time it will take to drive again round to Randall to get again on San Jose), the automobile returned. This time he charged my 9 12 months outdated. She scrambled up the embankment. He hit her within the thigh.
Luckily, he stopped his assault, drove off once more, and didn’t come again a 3rd time. Scott instructed Streetsblog that the San Francisco police responded rapidly and tracked him down from the license plate to a location in Daly Metropolis. The motorist was recognized and arrested. Scott mentioned the police instructed her the person didn’t have a legitimate driver’s license.
The person who was driving the automobile is a sociopath. However one has to ask: why was this incident even attainable, contemplating San Jose Avenue within the Bernal Reduce obtained a brand new protected bike lane, together with huge concrete crash obstacles, three years ago? The issue is the SFMTA, even when it installs sturdy safety for cyclists, falls down at intersections, ramps, and different factors the place conflicts are more than likely. Streetsblog introduced this up about the very spot on San Jose where this incident went down (see image from a 2017 story below):
“We undoubtedly want a vertical separation, we want that concrete barrier continued all through, that may be tough in spots, however we have to get artistic,” mentioned Scott, who’s herself a transportation planner and marketing consultant. “Perhaps the bike lane must be elevated, possibly we have to dig a trench, I don’t know, however what we’ve now could be insufficient.”
Certainly it’s insufficient. On a freeway-like highway akin to San Jose Avenue, a concrete barrier is a primary security requirement to guard cyclists from the extra humdrum day by day hazard of motorist rushing, ingesting, texting, and in any other case driving irresponsibly–all of which might take a bike owner’s life in a cut up second. It merely is not sensible to spend the cash on putting in concrete obstacles whereas leaving monumental gaps the place lethal conflicts can, and do, nonetheless occur. Streetsblog has a request in to SFMTA to elucidate this set up.
Scott and her daughter and the pedestrian, in the meantime, have been extremely lucky to flee any accidents past some bruises and abrasions. Sadly, the psychological effects can cut deeper. Unsurprisingly, Scott’s daughter doesn’t need to experience her bike anymore. “That’s an excellent huge bummer,” she mentioned. “However I’m hoping if we give it a breather, we are able to get previous it.”
Perhaps by then SFMTA will end what it began and make San Jose Avenue secure.