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To consolidate, disseminate, and gather information concerning the 710 expansion into our San Rafael neighborhood and into our surrounding neighborhoods. If you have an item that you would like posted on this blog, please e-mail the item to Peggy Drouet at pdrouet@earthlink.net

Monday, December 9, 2013

Update: Bike rider killed in Pacoima train collision; eighth SoCal train victim this year

http://bikinginla.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/bike-rider-killed-in-pacoima-train-collision-eighth-socal-train-victim-this-year/

Eighty-one. And eight.

That’s how many bike riders have lost their lives in what has turned out to be a horrible year for SoCal cyclists. And how many of those riders have died as a result of train collisions.

According to the LA Times, a male bike rider was hit and hilled by a Metrolink train in Pacoima this afternoon. The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was riding on Van Nuys Blvd when he attempted to cross the railroad tracks just north of San Fernando Road around 3:50 pm.

The paper reports he apparently tried to beat the train, despite the fact that the warning gates had already been lowered. He was struck by the 218 train on its way to Union Station in Downtown LA, and pronounced dead at the scene.

With this death, nearly 10% of the fatalities involving Southern California bike riders have been the result of train collisions — the easiest type of collision to avoid. All you have to do is stay off the tracks when there’s a train coming.

Unlike motor vehicles. trains are restricted to a specific pathway, and can’t vary their route in any way. And they have warning systems to let you know when they’re coming; all you have to do is squeeze on the brakes.

At least three of those eight deaths resulted from riders attempting to beat the train or ride around the warning gates. Which makes me wonder if they were truly attempting to beat the gates, or if at least some might have been fixie riders forced to ride through because they lacked the skill to stop in time.

Unfortunately, we may never know, since none of the reports identify the type of bike the victim was riding.

But it’s a question worth asking as we struggle to understand why so many riders have died in a type of collision that’s so easy to avoid.

This is the 81st bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 33rd in LA County. This is also the 14th rider to lose his life in the City of Los Angeles since the first of the year, three time the average for the city.

Update: According to KCBS-2, the victim, identified only as a 30-year old Hispanic man, was riding west on Van Nuys at the time of the collision. 

 My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his family.


Cyclist killed in collision with sheriff patrol car


http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-cyclist-killed-sheriff-20131208,0,3634464.story#axzz2mx174oK3
 
By Amina Khan, December 8, 2013
 
 

A bicyclist was fatally struck by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department patrol car in Calabasas on Sunday afternoon.

The male cyclist and the patrol car collided at 1:05 p.m. while both were traveling northeast on Mulholland Highway near Paul Revere Drive, said Lt. Michael Williams of the department’s Malibu/Lost Hills station.

The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

The impact smashed the patrol car’s windshield, leaving the deputy with cuts on his arm and glass in his eyes.

An accident investigation through the department’s Traffic Services Detail is underway. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Malibu/Lost Hills station at (818) 878-1808, or the anonymous “Crime Stoppers” line at (800) 222-8477 or lacrimestoppers.org

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