"Accidents" happen. There's not much you can do about it. No one is really at fault and there's no real way to determine the causes of a an "accident." "Crashes," on the other hand, are not mysterious. They have cause, and fault can often be assigned. That's why NHTSA properly callsthese unfortunate events "crashes." I encourage everyone to use "crash," not "accident." -Peter Chapin Spencer wrote: > Dear friend of safe streets, > > Take an hour this week to call for safe Chittenden County streets for > bicyclists and pedestrians. VTA "Safety Civilians" will take to the > streets in 3 towns to educate people to the rash of pedestrian and > bicycle collisions with automobiles this summer. Stationed at busy and > dangerous intersections, Safety Civilians will hold caution signs > warning motorists of cyclists and pedestrians in the area. We will also > have data on bike/ped collisions in the local town. This is the first > step in the county to secure more federal transportation money for > sidewalk construction and launch a bicycle and pedestrian safety > education campaign. > > HERE ARE THREE CHANCES TO BE A SAFETY CIVILIAN! > 1) Wednesday, September 29th, 3:30 to 5 pm > Colchester, Blakely Road and Lakeshore Drive (next to Bayside Park) > > 2) Thursday, September 30th, 7:30 to 8:30 am > Williston, Route 2A by the I-89 Interchange > > 3) Thursday, September 30th, 4:30 to 5:30 pm > Burlington, Archibald Street @ H.O. Wheeler School > > STATISTICS / DATA: > > COLLISIONS BY TOWN > Williston Peds & Cyclists Colchester Peds & Cyclists > 1997 - - 1 0 > 1998 1 0 3 0 > 1999 0 5 3 -one fatal 4 > Still collecting data from towns. Remember--many collisions are > unreported! > > RECENT COLLISIONS (Reported): > · 7/99 -- Chad Bushey, 12 year-old hit while rollerblading on Williams > Road in Colchester. Was in critical condition, recovering very slowly, > no sidewalks on road. > · 7/30/99 -- John Kohn, GMBC cyclist, hit by passing Chevy Blazer on > Main Street in Burlington, wearing helmet. > · 7/11/99 -- Kevin Bassett, GMBC cyclist, hit on Route 2 in Williston, > broken bones, wearing helmet. > · 8/99 James Rosen, 50 year-old cyclist, hit on Shelburne Road, > sustained a severe concussion (he was helmeted), broken left humerus > (recently surgically repaired with the placement of a steel plate and > bone grafted from his hip), multiple lacerations, and torn meniscus that > will require arthroscopic surgery. > · 8/17/99 -- Jerry Harmon, 55 year-old cyclist, crashed on narrow road > in Williston as truck and trailer attempted to pass while motorcycle > approached in on-coming lane, wearing helmet, was in a coma for a month, > emerged from the coma in late September. > · 9/1/99 -- Marc Tischler, GMBC cyclist, likely hit by car, accident > caused amnesia so he doesn't remember, wearing helmet. > · 9/12/99 -- Joshua Welch, 19 year-old, hit and killed walking home on a > road with no sidewalks in Colchester. > · 9/24/99 Janet Binkerd, bicyclist, crashed due to poor road conditions > on Greenbush Road, Charlotte, in hospital with a lacerated liver. > (compiled from police records and personal testimony) > > FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, call > September 27, 1999 Chapin Spencer, 864-2974 > > ********FYI************* PRESS RELEASE ***********FYI*********** > > AFTER PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS “SAFETY CIVILIANS” URGE CAREFUL DRIVING > > FIRST STOP: Colchester (following days in Burlington & Williston) > TIME: Wednesday, September 29th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm > PLACE: Intersection of Lakeshore Drive & Blakely Road > > VTA CALLS FOR BICYCLE / PEDESTRIAN > EDUCATION & MORE ACCOMMODATIONS > > CHITTENDEN COUNTY, VT -- A rash of severe traffic accidents involving > bicyclists and pedestrians this summer has Vermont Transportation > Alliance calling for safer roadways and more education. In separate > incidents this summer, two Colchester teenagers were critically injured, > one fatally, on roads without sidewalks. One month ago, a 55 year-old > Williston cyclist crashed as a truck and trailer attempted to pass him > on a narrow road. He has just recently come out of his coma. > > 100 years ago this month, Henry H. Bliss became America’s first > pedestrian fatality from a collision with a motor vehicle. Today, an > estimated 90 traffic accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists > occur each year in Chittenden County. > > In response, Vermont Transportation Alliance calls for: > ¨ Accurate reports of bicycle and pedestrian collisions by the Agency > of Transportation. The agency stopped compiling these records in 1996. > ¨ Implementation of a county-wide “Share the Road” safety education > campaign. Cyclists and pedestrians make up over 10% of all roadway > fatalities in Vermont. Accordingly, at least 10% of Federal Highway > Safety money must support bicycle and pedestrian education. > ¨ Revision to the County’s FY ‘2000 “Transportation Improvement Program” > to include funding for sidewalk construction. Each town has submitted > lists of critical sidewalk needs to the Metropolitan Planning > Organization, but dollars have yet to be allocated. > > As an interim measure, before these proactive measures are in place, > VTA’s “Safety Civilians” will station themselves at dangerous > intersections county-wide and hold signs urging motorists to drive > cautiously. > > - chapin > -- > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ > ~~ chapin spencer ~~ > ~~ 175-B north prospect street, burlington, vt. 05401 ~~ > ~~ (802) 864-2974 [log in to unmask] ~~ > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ > ~~ Vermont Transportation Alliance ~~ > ~~ 128 intervale road, burlington, vt., 05401 ~~ > ~~ (802)660-3500x243 fax (802) 660-3501 ~~ > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ > ~~"growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell."~~ > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ edward abbey ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ > > ========== > VTBIKEPEDPOLICY-L: The Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Policy Discussion List > Subscription control: http://list.uvm.edu/archives/vtbikepedpolicy-l.html. > For help: email [log in to unmask] with the word "help" in the message body. -- Peter K. 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