On Tuesday, at around 5 pm, I was hit by a driver while crossing the cross-walk at this on-ramp. I've reported the incident to 3-1-1, and thankfully I wasn't injured, nor was my bike damaged at all. In fact, to call it a collision is overstating the small bump I had to my rear tire, and my near-loss of balance immediately following. Had the driver started half a second sooner, or pressed just a little harder on the gas, the story might be different.
In the 10 years I've lived in the Hillhurst community, I've seen more pedestrian and cyclists hit in that crosswalk than I can count, and while none that I was witness to resulted in any serious injury, the accident statistics tell a different story.
Here's the intersection in question:
Some issues that I see:
- Line of sight is blocked by pedestrians coming up the hill or waiting to cross, light standards, and the grade of the hill
- Stop lines are not clearly demarcated, but even if they were, stop lines further back would completely block line of sight for drivers using the exit.
- Drivers simply do not look to their right, (or even to the sidewalk on the left) while waiting for a large enough spot to merge into the flow of traffic. They see the opening, and hit the gas.
Any thoughts on how we can get the city to take this intersection seriously?