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Is A Turf War Brewing In Santa Monica Between Cyclists And Pedestrians?

A pedestrian is hit after walking across the bike path without checking for cyclists.
A pedestrian is hit after walking across the bike path without checking for cyclists.

Posted Mar. 26, 2013, 12:15 pm

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Are Santa Monica’s chaotic bike paths a major accident waiting to happen?

According to a recent KCAL9 news report, a turf war is brewing between cyclists and pedestrians.

The news station spoke with cyclist John Bivens who was involved in a collision during his routine afternoon bike ride along Santa Monica Beach about a week ago.

Bivens claims a female pedestrian walked into the bike path without checking for oncoming cyclists, which caused him to crash into her.

Click here to watch the KCAL9 video report.

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Mar. 27, 2013, 11:30:22 pm

John C. Smith said...

The recent bike path upgrade is an improvement, but when the bike path gets busy, there will always be some pedestrians, skateboarders and and bike riders who don't pay attention. Perhaps a few well-placed city ambassadors can be stationed along the busiest portions to gently remind smartphone users and others to be careful, or stick to the right, etc. More signage would also help. As an avid cyclist, I avoid using the busiest portions of the bike path, because there are too many people not paying attention. Half of the time I say "On your left" the pedestrian moves THAT way towards me. There is no "war" going on... just a high number of people on the path for a variety of reasons.

Mar. 27, 2013, 4:26:18 am

stewart said...

I once watched helpless as a large athletic man pedaling quite fast slammed into a 12 year old girl breaking both her wrists as she hit the concrete, as he the cyclist lectured her about his right of way! When he rode off I chased him down and demanded her return to where the incident happned, where the argument began till the LAPD found us and arressted him for lraving the scene of an accident. Cyclists seem to have some sort of idea that they are entitled to certain privelleges that none others enjoy, like not yielding to pedestrians, nor stopping at stop signs, or just sharing the road and observing road courtesies, much less pay road use taxes? Thye do so at their own peril needless to say, but they do pose a risk to pedestrians.

Mar. 27, 2013, 9:47:52 am

Cindy said...

This issue has always been one of my top 3 major cripes about SM. The pedestrians are all over the bikepath and it doesn't seem like this situation will be remedied anytime soon. Cyclists, Stewart, don't have a sense of entitlement when using the bikepath as that is exactly what it is to be used for -- cyclists, not pedestrians. The City doesn't seem to give a care.

Mar. 27, 2013, 12:21:06 pm

Xicano Power said...

I am a avid weekend Bike rider in Santa Monica (beach only). I mean I can't even enjoy a nice day of bike riding with my family because of all the inconsisderate people who Walk on the bike path as a walk way, there is a Walk Path

Mar. 27, 2013, 2:41:39 pm

Jean said...

It is scary to cycle on the weekends in particular. I'm always yelling "on your left', 'get off the bike path'. How about the runners who run in the middle of the path, don't mind if they stay to the side. Also the skaters who take up the whole lane - back and forth. Excuse me it says BIKE LANE. So let the SMPD start giving tickets, then the peds will take note.

Mar. 28, 2013, 7:17:40 pm

NP said...

To all of this you add the Segways in the mix. Even though the bike path clearly indicates that no 'motor vehicles' are allowed, SMPD doesn't care about this. I am sure they bring great bussiness to the city, but they get rented to people of all ages. I have seen children, senior citizens, people who might not even be legal to drive going full speed on the bike path with no care, exposing everyone in there. Has anyone been killed yet?Take those things to the streets--there you'll be in common ground with other motor vehicles.! Stay off the bike path and SMPD PLEASE enforce the bike path rules and take Segways off of the bike paths for the safety of pedestrians and bikers.

Mar. 28, 2013, 7:27:29 pm

L. McCann said...

Bikers, slow down! Pedestrians, A bike is a weapon just like a car and you are a target if you are not paying attention along the "bike lanes." But Bikers, on busy days, slow down!

Mar. 30, 2013, 11:32:46 am

Cindy said...

I don't think the intended use of the bike path is a training facility for the Tour de France. It's for recreational beach riding. For skaters and joggers to be banned is ridiculous. And there is not always a walking path available for pedestrians. Bikers should slow down and understand that weekends and tourist season will present more obstacles. Train on the streets of Santa Monica where there are plenty of bike paths on which to train at high speeds.

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