Above--Surveillance video taken on the Railrunner.
The cyclist seems oblivious to the possibility of a train.
Note: the Youtube site keeps wanting to convince me to download shit.
With regards to the cyclist killed at the Zia Road train crossing, it now appears that eyewitnesses not only got the earphones stuff wrong, but the cyclist's direction of travel as well. According to a story in the Friday issue of the Albuquerque Journal, train video shows (italicized stuff from the Journal) "...the cyclist was trying to ride west across St. Francis Drive at Zia Road when the light for traffic on St. Francis appears to green. She makes it across St. Francis safely but then rides in front of the southbound train that was crossing Zia..."
She was in fact hit on the Rail Trail crossing, as previously reported. The Journal further reports Police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt said one witness who was driving south on St. Francis told police he or she had to slow down to give LeBeau a chance to get across the street just before she was hit.
Its all conjecture as to what happened next. Did she run the light or enter late or on yellow? What is the yellow cycle time for Zia? Maybe in the rush to get across the intersection, LeBeau overshot the crossing or just missed the fact of the train. Anyone can guess. Would a gate have helped? We will never know. What we do know is that you can, especially in tight situations, get killed out there, bicycle trails or not. Lesson learned: Be careful and conservative out there.
Some of this bears on John Allen's recent growling at People for Bikes, a pseudograssroots organization of the bike biz. I'm not an ardent foe of the organization, but I do have a bone to pick with its attempt to create uncritical riders dependent on advocates or government to provide for their safety. There stated goal "Riding made simple. The choice to ride a bike is yours. The responsibility to ensure safe and convenient riding opportunities is ours." That statement kinda misses the point. Riding a bicycle may be simple enough. Riding it safely requires a modicum of personal engagement or as my mom used to say, "I can't pour it into your head in liquid form."
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Note added later. Its not just cyclists, of course. From Carol Clark's Daily Post. Someone tell me, sun or not, how you miss a tractor trailer: