Cyclist Dies in Stroad-Land

A bicyclist died last night in Salt Lake City. It was a hit and run.

According to KSL, the accident happened near the intersection of California Ave and Fortune Road. This is what the spot looks like:

California Ave and Fortune Road, in Salt Lake City. A 25-year-old cyclist died here Thursday evening.

California Ave and Fortune Road, in Salt Lake City. A 25-year-old cyclist died here Thursday evening.

View of the intersection.

View of the intersection.

California Ave

California Ave

California Ave

California Ave

Clearly, this is an awful place. While some of the accidents I’ve mentioned previously happened in places that were poorly designed but ostensibly acceptable — at least according to the standard wisdom — I doubt most people would have anything good to say about this spot. It’s ugly, dangerous, and hostile to pedestrians and cyclists.

The problem is that pedestrians and cyclists have to use it, as yesterday’s accident shows. This consequently illustrates one of the problems with contemporary transportation: we have so many terribly designed spaces — which people have to use for whatever reason — that it’s going to be really difficult to convince them to drive less. If this is what they have to bike or walk through, and possibly die in, why would they ever ditch their cars?

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