By: Diane Benjamin
Watch this video, you don’t need the sound to realize what is going on:
The video was filmed by Normal resident Doug Fansler. The Town of Normal must think bikers and pedestrians have no responsibility to “cross when clear”. Normal expects vehicles where the speed limit is 30 MPH to notice somebody ready to cross and automatically stop because they set up a gizmo in the road.
Personal responsibility isn’t required!
Does Normal realize all the stopping and starting by vehicles contributes to pollution? Vehicles aren’t efficient when they suddenly have to stop. The chances of getting rear- ended stopping in the middle of the street increases too. People unfamiliar with this road will never see the required stop or know why vehicles stopped in front of them.
On the video at 45 seconds a large delivery truck is visible, it likely couldn’t make an instant stop because somebody suddenly appears on a bike. At 2:05 a cyclist appears and doesn’t even stop before crossing.
People in the area know it is only a matter of time before somebody gets killed. Of course the vehicle driver will be blamed and maybe prosecuted for not obeying Normal’s short in the middle of the road stop sign. (Ask for a jury trial!)
This is currently an issue on Next Door, the poll will continue to run this week. Obviously people forced to drive on roads where they could accidentally kill someone want them gone:
How many lives is Normal going to sacrifice? People must take responsibility for their own safety instead of pretending government edicts will keep them safe.
Right now Normal is giving cyclists and pedestrians a false sense of security.