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Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 06/12/2012

How should cyclists warn pedestrians?

A man on a bike hit an 80-year-old woman walking on the Four Mile Run trail in Arlington, ARLnow reports, and the woman subsequently died of the injuries. Do we need better consensus on how to alert pedestrians to passing cyclists?

The 62-year-old cyclist was heading down a hill and shouted “on your left” to warn the woman. Instead of either moving right or just being alert, she apparently turned around in a way that moved to the left, while exclaiming “what?” The cyclist then struck her, she fell, and her head hit the ground.

Update: ARLnow is now also reporting that the cyclist rang a bell as well as calling out.

Whether or not this particular cyclist did something wrong, the first rule always must be that people riding bikes need to be careful around pedestrians. Daniel Hoagland, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association bicycle ambassador, wrote in an e-mail:

[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]

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