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Bicycle/pedestrian board: 'more enforcement needed'

Posted: April 18, 2014 - 12:02pm

Conway police have recorded 26 accidents involving cars and either pedestrians or bicyclists in the past 12 months, including two fatalities and 17 injuries.

The Conway Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board held a meeting on Thursday night at Conway City Hall with city officials, including chief of police A.J. Gary and two CPD officers, to talk about what can be done to bring this number down.

On April 28, 2013, a man later found to have had a blood alcohol content of .23 was lying in the roadway at College Avenue and Helen Street at around 2 a.m., and the driver said they never saw him, according to CPD Patrolman Bob Cole.

On March 31, a woman walking in the roadway on Harkrider Street near Fifth Street was hit before dawn, in the rain, and killed.

These accidents weren’t “normal” collisions between pedestrians and cars, but at the part of Harkrider where the woman was struck there’s no sidewalk, and at the part of College Avenue where the man was killed there’s not very much light after dark. It’s not clear that either of these things would have saved the two people, but it does demonstrate that there is room for improvement for non-vehicle traffic. 

The group also discussed ways to educate motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians about their rights and responsibilities. The most concerning problem, most agreed, is that some motorists and bicyclists think that bicycles belong on the sidewalk.

This is incorrect, according to Cole and Peter Mehl of the Conway Advocates for Bicycling group, who said he has “always said that the most dangerous place for bicycles is on the sidewalks at intersections.” Cole said that most serious bicycle/car accidents happen when bicyclists riding on a sidewalk “roll through an intersection.”

Another bicyclist said that he recently encountered a motorist who argued with him in traffic about whether he had a right to use the road and stoplights like any other vehicle.

The group also talked about lobbying CPD and city hall for stricter enforcement of state “rules of the road” law pertaining to bicycles, including traffic tickets for riding on the sidewalk in some instances (young children riding bicycles to school presents a different question, for example).

The group also discussed whether there could, or should, be a city ordinance requiring recreational runners to wear some sort of reflective clothing or lights when they run in the roadway after dark.

The Conway Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board meets at least quarterly. For more information go to www.walkbikeconway.com or the local “Car, Pedestrian, Cyclists” Facebook page.

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UseSomeLogic1
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UseSomeLogic1 04/18/14 - 01:01 pm
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Recreational riders get off the road

Once again people have taken something that was intended for one purpose and made it into something else. Money was spent on bike lanes for citizens who's only means of transportation is a bicycle. I was not for people who want to cause traffic jams and other accidents (people in vehicles crashing while avoiding a bicyclist) during rush our just so people can have another fad. Yes, if you're riding one of those extremely overpriced 2 ounce bikes while wearing spandex so everyone can see your junk, and you're doing this on main roads, then I'm sorry to tell you that you are taking part in a fad and are in fact nothing but a person who is actually in need of something deeper in life. The sidewalk thing, if it's dangerous because of intersections, then cite bicyclists for impeding intersections. Then they'll be off the road and out if intersections.

Motor vehicles belong on roads not bikes unless that is all you have.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 04/18/14 - 06:33 pm
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Recreational drivers get off the road

No more cruising. No more Sunday drives. Once again people have taken something that was intended for one purpose and made it into something else. Roads were built only for people who have to get someplace on business. I am not for people who want to cause traffic jams and other accidents (people in cars refusing to give bikers room to maneuver just so people can feel all powerful in a Hummer) during rush hour just so people can have another fad. Yes, if you're driving one of those extremely large off-road vehicles on a city street while wearing camouflage so everyone can think you're macho, and you're doing this on main roads, then I'm sorry to tell you that you are taking part in a fad and are in fact nothing but a person who is actually in need of something deeper in life.

Off-road vehicles and SUVs belong off the roads unless that is all you have.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 04/18/14 - 01:31 pm
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ban bicycles

simple, 100% effective solution.

MessiahAndrw
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MessiahAndrw 04/21/14 - 12:56 pm
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Ban cars. They're noisy,

Ban cars.

They're noisy, smelly, cost too much to maintain*, take up too much room, people keep crashing and dying and getting injured from them, most people can't use them when the weather is bad.

* Expensive - especially for tax payers that spend millions per year widening roads, and the potential tax base being loss for all the land we pave over for parking lots that could be put to productive use.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 04/21/14 - 01:22 pm
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Now you're talking!

Ban cars. No more DWI.

You solved the pollution and alcohol problem with one minor change.

Good job!

ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 04/18/14 - 01:57 pm
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Hmm

I'm confused. Is this a problem that will be fixed by more guns or less guns?

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 04/20/14 - 01:39 pm
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Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 04/18/14 - 02:19 pm
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False economy foul!

*flag thrown*

"...including two fatalities..."

"... On April 28, 2013, a man later found to have had a blood alcohol content of .23 was lying in the roadway at College Avenue and Helen Street at around 2 a.m., and the driver said they never saw him, according to CPD Patrolman Bob Cole.

On March 31, a woman walking in the roadway on Harkrider Street near Fifth Street was hit before dawn, in the rain, and killed."

In both these cases it's out of the "routine" of operating a bicycle, or walking, in Conway. In both cases the departed were themselves acting in a way well outside the norm (BAC .23!).

And the problem is people see this and assume the bike-heads are being whiners.

And I type this as someone who bikes a lot.

It would help if some education of the driving populace took place, in high school if nowhere else. My biggest problem with jerk drivers have been kids presuming the bicycle "doesn't belong there."

Joe Lamb
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Joe Lamb 04/18/14 - 03:57 pm
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An earlier version pointed

An earlier version pointed out that where the woman was walking on Harkrider there isn't a sidewalk and where the guy was in the road on College the lighting's no good.

Probably should have left that part in, even if it was editorializing just a tiny bit.

You're right, these aren't "normal" negligence accidents.

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 04/18/14 - 02:19 pm
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False economy foul!

*flag thrown*

"...including two fatalities..."

"... On April 28, 2013, a man later found to have had a blood alcohol content of .23 was lying in the roadway at College Avenue and Helen Street at around 2 a.m., and the driver said they never saw him, according to CPD Patrolman Bob Cole.

On March 31, a woman walking in the roadway on Harkrider Street near Fifth Street was hit before dawn, in the rain, and killed."

In both these cases it's out of the "routine" of operating a bicycle, or walking, in Conway. In both cases the departed were themselves acting in a way well outside the norm (BAC .23!).

And the problem is people see this and assume the bike-heads are being whiners.

And I type this as someone who bikes a lot.

It would help if some education of the driving populace took place, in high school if nowhere else. My biggest problem with jerk drivers have been kids presuming the bicycle "doesn't belong there."

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