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Hit-and-Run Accident Leaves Bicyclist with Serious Brain Injury

An Encinitas woman recently suffered a serious traumatic brain injury after being hit by a car while riding her bike. According to reports, she and her husband were on their way back from getting pizza with some friends when the accident occurred. The woman was riding behind her husband when a car came from nowhere and swerved into the lane. The woman bounced onto the hood of the car. She clung to it for a distance and then fell into the road. The driver sped away. The car was a 1993-2000 silver or white Mercedes. Authorities are asking anyone who might have information on the accident to step forward. What to Do After a Hit-and-Run Accident There is a high risk of injury for cyclists when accidents occur. While helmets and protective gear can help minimize damage sustained in accidents, bicyclists can still suffer injuries such as road rash, broken…
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AAA Encourages Drivers to Slow Down During Back-to-School

It’s Back to School season, and AAA has an important message for drivers: slow down and stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones. Data from 2015 (the most recent available) shows that in 2015, more than 343 child pedestrians 17 and under died and 11,000 more were injured after being hit by vehicles. California led the pack with 46 deaths. Florida was second, at 36 deaths. Data shows that the most dangerous hours for children to be walking are the afternoon hours. In the last ten years, one-third of child pedestrian deaths occurred during the hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. AAA’s New Awareness Campaign AAA is launching the School’s Open – Drive Carefully campaign to help reduce the rate of unsafe driving behaviors in areas where children may be vulnerable. Here is a list of AAA’s recommendations to drivers: Obey speed limit signs in school zones. Speed can…
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Which Parts of the Bicycle Master Plan Does the City Think Need Work?

There have been several proposals from San Diego bicycling advocates looking to make the city friendlier to cyclists. Many of them have received praise from city representatives, but not all of them. Officials have agreed with 25 of the 32 proposals in the plan, which originated with the Bicycle Advisory Committee. Some will take longer than hoped for, however, and others might need some work. Of the seven proposals that the city did not agree with, only one was labeled a bad idea. That idea was to revisit the 2013 bicycle master plan and update it using information from a 2015 climate action plan. The other six were criticized due to budget constraints, lack of staff and other feasibility issues. Proponents vs. Opponents of New Bike Proposals While there have been many opponents of the bike plan who say that spending taxpayer money on little-used bike lanes and narrowing of…
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