March 26, 2013 |
Two adults and a child standing near a bus stop in Northwest Washington were struck by a vehicle that went up onto a sidewalk, according to authorities with D.C. police and Metro. One person went up on the hood of the woman's car, Metro officials said, before coming to rest on the ground. At least one of the victims was in serious condition at an area hospital; officials said the child was hospitalized with a foot injury. The D.C. police department's major crash unit is investigating the accident, which occurred shortly after noon at Georgia Avenue and Butternut Street Northwest, in the Takoma neighborhood just south of the old Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus.
March 25, 2013
Jason Broehm's March 24 letter [" An eye on safety, not profit "] had a last line worth repeating: "Drivers who wish to avoid being fined should obey the traffic laws. " But Mr. Broehm, the chair of the D.C. Pedestrian Advisory Council, did not give the rest of the needed advice: Pedestrians who wish to avoid being hit should obey the traffic laws. Either some D.C. pedestrians do not know that a red light at a crosswalk means do not enter the street, or they arrogantly choose to ignore this.
March 12, 2013 |
Six pedestrians, at least three of school age, were injured by vehicles in the Washington area during Tuesday morning's rain and gloom. None of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening. The incidents occurred on the second school day after the start of daylight saving time advanced sunrise to about 7:20 a.m. In the first incident, a woman was hit at 7:11 a.m. at 15th and L streets NW in the District, police spokesman Paul Metcalf said. The other incidents were reported by Montgomery County police.
March 6, 2013 |
Dear Dr. Gridlock: Recommenda-tions for cyclists' safety, especially when they have chosen to ride after dark on poorly lighted roads or roads with no lighting: 1. Wear a helmet. 2. Wear clothing with something reflective. Don't dress in all black when riding after dark. 3. Have a light and reflectors on your bicycle. I come upon cyclists many times each week who are doing none of the above. Those of us driving cannot see you. One of these times, it is going to be too late.
March 2, 2013 |
February, a short, dark month of dreary weather around Washington, was notably deadly for people on foot, according to data collected by AAA. Six pedestrians and a man on a railroad were killed, the automobile club said. "It is happening all too often on area roads," John B. Townsend II, with AAA, said. "Grieving families, and many pedestrians as well, are left wondering if the monthly increase in pedestrian fatalities across our region is an alarming pattern, a statistical anomaly or a fluke.
February 23, 2013 |
Dear Dr. Gridlock: Thanks for devoting recent columns on safety strategies for commuters who choose to walk . Three tips for pedestrian commuters — some common sense, some counter-intuitive — from a commuter who has been living car-free in D.C. since 1994. 1) Plan your route to avoid dangerous and stressful intersections. For example, navigating the intersection of 16th Street, U Street, and New Hampshire Avenue NW on foot during rush hour is likely to turn a nice walk into a terrifying near-miss.
February 22, 2013 |
Urban Life WALKABLE CITY How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time By Jeff Speck Farrar Straus Giroux. 312 pp. $27 Especially in large East Coast cities, nothing annoys drivers more than pedestrians. They jaywalk. They clog intersections with their irksome canines and oversize strollers, which often end up denting the fenders of otherwise-unmarred SUVs. And they always have the right of way. But, according to urban planner Jeff Speck , cities live or die by their walkability.
February 13, 2013 |
The most pleasing thing about the responses to my column on long walking commutes in the Washington area was that people didn't dismiss the notion. Some readers had specific advice for Alice Cave, the Alexandria commuter who was trying to figure out how to walk from her workplace in McPherson Square to her residence across the Potomac River in Parkfairfax. Others contributed advice that applies to all walkers. Dear Dr. Gridlock: Pedestrians walking home from work should wear a neon vest and blaze-orange hat. And maybe even a red strobe light on the front and back.
January 27, 2013
Gerry Ridgeway's view of pedestrian safety [letters, Jan. 15] was far too narrow. Pedestrians do not just cross streets; they walk along them. My dog and I walk a great deal in North Arlington, where, in general, there are sidewalks, and in adjacent Fairfax County, where, in general, there are none. We walk on the left side of such roads, facing traffic — a rule many folks we encounter do not seem to know. Even so, because the roads are just barely two lanes wide, it is useful to be able to hear vehicles approaching from behind.
January 26, 2013 |
This letter came in just before Inauguration Day , and I used it to compare and contrast how the D. C. region's transportation network handled the crowds of 2009 and 2013. Dear Dr. Gridlock: I was interested to see in [ the Jan. 20 column ] that you followed the same strategy for inauguration-watching in 2009 that I did: Taking the train to Arlington Cemetery and walking across Memorial Bridge to the Lincoln Memorial . That morning was frigid but majestic.