Street closed at Bath and Haley Streets for an injury traffic accident. The SB City Fire Department, Medic's, and SBPD are on the scene.
North Bath street closed for now..
Car vs Bike. Drivers need to change their mindset- look around, stop accelerating through intersections to make the light, be aware that a cyclist or pedestrian could be anywhere. Don’t use driving laws to justify you are not at fault. Until we all slow down, stopped being rushed or distracted and truly share the road, these collisions will continue. Wake up Santa Barbara- it’s time to shoot for Vision Zero.
I agree. This is particularly true in the evening when it's getting dark and in the morning when the sun is low and maybe in your eyes. Bicyclists have narrow tires and can't stop as fast as a car door can open in their path, so they swerve. Some ride on the wrong side of the street or zot out into cross traffic without stopping at stop signs or lights. Some people in vehicles are on their devices or otherwise distracted. Everyone on the road--including pedestrians--needs to be more aware and more willing to yield to others who are not savvy and observant and therefore at risk. A collision isn't anybody's idea of a good time, and an injury may be with you or someone else for life.
6:49 - Was this a car v. bike accident? I don't see that anywhere. Either way, it's not only drivers that need to change their mindset. Cyclists share the blame for many accidents in town by blowing through stop signs and traffic lights assuming everyone knows they won't be stopping. Riding in large groups next to each other and exceeding the width of the bike lanes is another issue. We ALL need to slow down. Don't only blame the car drivers. I see cyclists riding like morons every single day.
No one should assume they are seen or that their actions are anticipated by others on the road. I see pedestrians crossing the street everyday without looking or paying any attention. Those most vulnerable should be extra cautions. The vehicle will always win.