|An updated story|
|The original story. |
The person on bike is "he" and has agency
The person driving is erased as "a car drove by"
- The agency of a person driving is erased here in the passive voice and robot car formula: "a car drove by and clipped the bike"
- By contrast, the agency of a person on bike is highlighted, and fault assigned: "he collided with a car."
- Nevertheless, "no citations have been issued" and it is premature to conclude the person on bike was at fault. Maybe they were intoxicated and carelessly swerving or unwisely waving to a friend. But they can't give testimony, and I often see people driving over and into the bike lane, and they might have clipped a person biking that way, and sought to minimize their responsibility.
|Columbia Journalism Review|
|Friday evening online story tiles|
A woman and a toddler were hospitalized Friday afternoon after a car struck the pair while they were crossing Lancaster Drive NE....Notes again:
Initial information revealed the involved driver was northbound on Lancaster in a white Honda Civic when they hit the 36-year-old woman and 3-year-old boy...
- First it's "a car struck the pair" but then it shifts to "the involved driver...hit the...woman and...boy"
- And also, "the involved driver...they": this might be the first time I have seen the singular, gender-neutral "they" used in a crash story.
- I'm not sure what "36-year-old woman" adds to the story, and perhaps we will shift to "parent and 3-year-old child" or "parent and toddler." It seems like that is the only relevant level of information and that it is not important to drill down to try to gender the people in a crash report.
- And of course, there is Lancaster Drive itself, a terrible, terrible stroad.
|Monroe Ave at Lancaster Drive jogs and has no marked crosswalks|
|Two parking lots on the Geer Line at Lancaster Driver|
Anyway, no great conclusions here. Just more of the same.
(This post may be updated, especially if the person biking dies and more is reported by police or the paper. And for the litany of problems with erasing the driver, see all notes here.)
The MPO has two projects on Lancaster Drive near Monroe. In the 2018 cycle they funded a project south from Center Street to Auburn, in "phase one."
|The project summary on phase two|
The more important detail is that the project does not seem to include new crosswalks or a pedestrian median refuge, improved bike lanes, or anything much for non-auto travel beyond the ADA compliance. It's about the cars and rebuilding the pavement for cars.
Currently this phase two scores low and is not on the preliminary list for funding. It does not appear the project would have anything to improve safety for people crossing Lancaster at Monroe, and the crash here does not therefore provide evidence for changing the ranking.
Lancaster Drive needs bigger interventions and redesign.
|Tuesday a driver struck a child in a Keizer crosswalk|
(next to news on a "safety campaign" is nice, I guess)
|SUVs and large trucks have a visibility problem|
(via Schmitt's slide deck)
But consistently we do not talk enough about drivers. Last night for Halloween, the Police didn't say, "don't drive if you don't have to; the streets are full of kids," and instead they said to kids and parents, "dress up like a traffic cone or carnival ride." They shift responsibility to non-drivers rather than to those who actually employ the lethal force.
|Responsibility always shifted to those on foot - twitter|