Monday, July 20, 2015

Yet Another Reason We Need Vision Zero

Andrew Wright of
Bicycle Technologies International
 Andrew Wright, who until the last few days was co-owner of the bicycle wholesale business Bicycle Technologies International based on Santa Fe, met his fate last week in a fiery crash at the intersection of I-25 and NM-599, while riding home from work on his Ducati motorcycle. According to KOB News,
"...Santa Fe police say the driver of the Jeep appears to have been at fault in the crash and will likely be cited. Police said the driver pulled out in front of the motorcycle, which was already in the intersection..."

 These things happen all too often, and Andrew's name will be memorialized this winter at the annual bicycle-motorcycle rally at the State Capitol, where we lament that we cannot do a better job of making the roads safer for all of us.

We need Vision Zero. Now. The details need to be worked out. The philosophy, that roads should be safer for users, needs adoption, way ahead of "Level of Service" or speed.

I've not heard of any plans for a memorial or anything. Holler if you do. Meanwhile, let's be careful out there. Especially those of us on two wheels.

Scene of the crash, as photographed by someone. From the KOB story.

Aftermath, from the KOB story


Little Jimmy said...

Andrew was a great guy. The world is another brick short of a load now (again).

The LA Daily Post had an obit about Chris Watson getting killed while riding a bike.

About two weeks ago while I was riding a bike, a local person in a pickup truck intentionally tried to murder me with his vehicle. The cops said because the guy didn't actually collide with me, there was nothing that could be done. The irony is that if the guy had collided with me, it's a pretty sure bet I would have been dead and the murderer would have gotten off with a traffic ticket.

I'm getting really tired of the seemingly pervasive attitude that a 25-mile and hour speed limit really means 45, and that foolish driving behavior is directly proportional to the size and cost of the vehicle.

Cars are great. They provide transportation. I think a lot of people lose sight of that basic concept and ascribe all kinds of other attributes to their vehicles—attributes that sometimes wind up getting other people killed.

Rest in peace, Andrew.

Khal said...

Maybe we need to post a picture of that pickup truck and driver on this blog.

Khal said...

On second thought, I would think that a charge of reckless endangerment could have been filed if it was deliberate. If just a case of cluelessness, that does not work. Goes to whether there was motive.

Little Jimmy said...

Unfortunately, I was not fast enough on the iPhone camera. The guy fled when he saw me take it out. Nice, huh? (The photo probably would have been blurry, too, from the uncontrollable adrenaline shakes.)

How do you prove motive when the fall-back mantra of all of these douche-bags seems to be, "I never even saw him..."?

GreenComotion said...

Sorry about the loss of your buddy.
I just completed the MSF class today...

Have a Great Week!
Peace :)