What About Bike Safety Technology For Pedestrians?

Background Reading

Summary

The protected bike lanes on Jackson Blvd. continue as a buffered bike lane beginning east of Ogden Av., with pavement markings instead of a physical barrier between vehicles and bicyclists, Sun., Feb. 10, 2013 in Chicago. (Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune)

The protected bike lanes on Jackson Blvd. continue as a buffered bike lane beginning east of Ogden Av., with pavement markings instead of a physical barrier between vehicles and bicyclists, Sun., Feb. 10, 2013 in Chicago. (Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune)


TakeAways

Smart anti-collision features have become a trend in car manufacture. It is about time. But one thing that cyclists have failed to even ask of bicycle manufacturers (or perhaps of themselves) are strategies on their part to effect the same sorts of changes that car manufacturers have brought to the marketplace.

Where are the bicycle anti-collision features when it comes to running down pedestrians and leaving them either injured or dead? Have we even given serious considerations to teaching our fellow cyclists strategies for protecting pedestrians in crosswalks?

My sense of things is that we expect some sort of unilateral action on the part of automobile drivers and car manufacturers, but we seem to be willing to never require of ourselves any equal measures. Why is that? Do we not owe it to pedestrians to be onboard with the ‘Vision Zero‘ protocol?