San Jose Pedestrian Accident Risks

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The expansion of bicycle lanes in downtown San Jose last year should have reduced the risk of accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists on sidewalks in the city.

The expansion of bicycle lanes in downtown San Jose last year should have reduced the risk of accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists on sidewalks in the city.  Unfortunately, pedestrian accident lawyers have not found this to be the case.  According to many pedestrians who use the sidewalks, bicyclists continue to use the sidewalks, often colliding with pedestrians.

Last summer, the city of San Jose invested heavily in the installation of 8 miles of bike lanes to accommodate an ever-increasing number of bicyclists in the city.  The expansion came after a number of complaints about bicyclists using the city’s sidewalks, and colliding with pedestrians walking on the sidewalk.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does not recommend that bicyclists use sidewalks, saying that sidewalks are best used by children, and bicyclists must use the streets.  The best place for bicyclists to bike is on the main streets with motorists, with bicyclists following all the same laws as motorists do, and bicycling in the same direction as regular traffic.  Bicycling on a sidewalk is actually not recommended, for obvious reasons.

Unfortunately, many bicyclists in San Jose do not seem to have gotten that message.  In spite of the expansion of bicycle lanes in many areas, these bicyclists continue to ride on the sidewalk.  There has been a rising number of pedestrian complains about collisions with bicyclists using the sidewalk, in spite of the existence of bicycle lanes.

Bicyclists insist that the reason for this practice by many bicyclists is that the bicycle lane infrastructure in the city is not complete.  A bicyclist riding down the street in a bike lane often finds that the next street does not have a bike lane.  In order to deal with this problem, many bicyclists are simply using sidewalks.  The expansion of the bike network to cover the entire city however will take several years.

 

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