Today’s article in the Miami Herald suggests that fire-rescue took too long to arrive to the aid of Christopher Lecanne, the bicyclist that was killed on Sunday morning on Bear Cut Bridge. Although I agree that the response time was not good, there was very little fire-rescue could have done to help Christopher Lecanne.
Unless you are Superman, the chance of surviving an impact at 60 mph is close to zero. The chance of surviving an impact at 45 mph (posted speed limit on the Rickenbacker) is about 10% (see below). So let’s stop pointing the finger at fire-rescue, there is absolutely nothing they could have done to save his life.
The County Public Works Department should be held responsible and liable for this accident. They designed and approved an unprotected bicycle lane next to a highway where cars often travel in excess of 60 mph. Our most popular cycling route in the county is a ticking time bomb. More deadly accidents will occur. By designing an unsuitable roadway for all users the County Public Works Department effectively gives cyclists a false sense of security. Fast moving cars and unprotected bicycle lanes do not work. It never has and it never will. I cannot be more emphatic about this point!!!
Of course, Carlos Bertonatti also needs to be held responsible. There will be more accidents like this on the Rickenbacker Causeway if the fundamental design flaw is not addressed. Distracted drivers are a fact of life. The very least we can do is give our bicyclists a chance of surviving. This can be done by designing a roadway which encourages cars to slow down and by putting protective barriers between bicyclists and cars on our bridges.
Let’s point the finger at the County Public Works Department. They have neglected bicyclists and pedestrians for too long.
Please send Esther Calas, Director of the County Public Works Department, an email demanding a safer Rickenbacker Causeway @ email@example.com
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