Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The drivers of Mill Valley vis-a-vis cyclists - part 2

Claire Diepenbrock, 26, was sideswiped and knocked down at 5 p.m. on Shoreline Highway near Tennessee Avenue by a northbound driver who may have been intoxicated on painkillers, police said. Diepenbrock was struck by another driver shortly after the first accident.

First reaction includes "Don't ride Shoreline". Shoreline up from Tam Valley blows. But that does not mean you should not be able to ride it, and ride it safely. Just because I choose roads that are safer doesn't mean I think it's correct to cede them.

Nonetheless, if headed up to Tam, go through Downtown Mill Valley. Of course, if you are not headed up Tam, but headed to visit someone who lives on Shoreline, what's the option?

The roadway should be improved, and lacking that drivers should take a chill pill. And by that I don't mean getting "intoxicated on painkillers?" What is with these people.

Update: From an anonymous source - it will be a long road to hoe, but Claire will see another day and another bike ride if she chooses. No brain damage, but plenty of structural damage - that will heal over time.

Update2: from the Marin IJ.

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