The recent bike/motor accident near Iris and 28th Street has emphasized what I think is a terrible Boulder law. I don’t agree with the provision that bicyclists are allowed to remain on their bikes while crossing in a pedestrian crosswalk. I understand that they are required to move at the speed of a pedestrian but that is the problem. It is very difficult for cyclists to do (although we have accomplished cyclists in Boulder who could easily do so) and many ignore that provision.
I did not witness the recent accident and have no comment on the actions of the unfortunate family that was hit by the car or the young man who hit them. No doubt it was a horrible experience for everyone involved. Numerous times I have had cyclists dart out in front of me on (unlighted) pedestrian crosswalks which surprised and alarmed me. I would have not been at fault if I hit them due to the speed at which they were traveling but that would be little consolation if someone was seriously injured. Even if I was not physically injured, I’m not sure I could ever recover from injuring someone else, regardless of fault.
I believe that if someone is taking advantage of a pedestrian crosswalk, they need to be a pedestrian-get off of their bike, skateboard, whatever and walk across the street.