Some Bicycle Coalition members spotted these adjacent articles on Page B3 of Today's Philadelphia Inquirer.
A Philadelphia Police Officer was repeatedly reprimanded for dyeing her hair the wrong color while a Lower Merion Police was not pulled off patrol duty for running over a bicyclist. The victims injuries were severe enough to require a helicopter evacuation to Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
The article reports that the Police Officer was pulling out of a parking space in front of the Toyota Dealership and hit a westbound cyclist. However another article in the Main Line Times explains that the bicyclist was crossing the street. Photos show the bike under the front bumper.
A notable quote in the Inquirer story from Sgt. Gene Pasternak of the Lower Merion Police Traffic Safety Unit. "We wouldn't take an officer off the street unless it was something really serious,"
While I wait and hope for Sgt. Pasternak to retract his gaffe, it's unlikely that any resolution will come out of the investigation. If this incident happened in Amsterdam or Stockholm or maybe even Portland law enforcement would be obligated take a hard look at exactly what happened and look at ways to fix the causes. Pennsylvania traffic law lacks protections specifically geared toward vulnerable road users, this results in most car-bicycle crashes being treated as"accidents". Not very serious at all.
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Lancaster Ave in front of the Toyota Dealership is far from bike friendly. The travel lanes are so far to the right that it tempts nervous westbound cyclists to bike the wrong way while the angle parking makes bicycling dangerous for the eastbound riders as well.