Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Can you sue a city for failing to appreciate the obvious?


From today's New Mexican.

I ranted about the hazards of crossing the Cerrillos-St. Francis intersection via bicycle some time ago, as did many others. What I don't know, and is worth a discussion, is the relative balance of responsibility between the cyclist and the NM Dept. of Transportation when putting in a sub-optimal facility. Railroad tracks are all over the place. Motorcyclists and bicyclists need to understand how to navigate them. As I suggested in my 2010 blog post, one has to be able to manuever to get a right angle approach to a railroad track. If cyclists are unwittingly encouraged to hit them at a shallow angle by the bike facility, someone besides the cyclist needs to be held highly accountable.

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