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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, August 27, 2021, 08:53 (24 days ago) @ catlover

The stupid "Ciclovía" in Ixtapa that makes cyclists have to use the islands in the middle of the boulevard instead of the bike paths on the side of the road almost cost a local Gringa her life when a bus hit her in front of the Oxxo near the Barceló.

A very unfortunate event for sure. When you say visibility is difficult, for who? Cyclists are always hard to see, even in ideal situations. Anyone who has ever owned a motorcycle, which is more visible than a bicycle, will attest to a number of close calls where they were not spotted by a motorist. But for the cyclist, it's pretty hard not to see a bus. I cross that same area several time a day when I'm there and have never had a close call. Is the Ciclovia an ideal design, probably not. But I would say in this case the onus is on the cyclist.

I grew up in a home along on a county highway. We didn't have crossing guards. Unlike some cities and countries, pedestrian did not have the "right of way" unless crossing at designated marked crosswalk. And even then, unlike many of todays coddled children, we were taught to look both ways before crossing the street. Today's kids have got their heads down and face buried in a cellphone as they cross the street because someone else said it was safe and ok to cross the street.

This is not about you.

The lady in question is 51 years old, not some distracted "coddled child" with "their heads down and face buried in a cellphone."

Since drivers here rarely use turn signals, especially folks who should be known as "professional drivers", they often make unexpected turns with no warning. A cyclist on what is designated a "Ciclovía" should have a reasonable expectation of safety in the design of something thus named, and probably even had the right of way. I don't know. I wasn't there and neither were you. But I do know it's a crappy design whose ONLY true purpose was to disappear public funds in a company owned by a politician.

Whatever the circumstances, someone could've been severely injured or killed because of an unsolicited unnecessary rather dangerously designed bike path built as a political favor. I'm pretty confident this isn't the first accident because of this wasteful unsolicited unnecessary project. If it hadn't involved a foreigner it's unlikely it would've made news.


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