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Letter: Cyclist fatality highlights Oakland’s failure to fix a known hazardous condition

Cyclist fatality points upneed for signs, striping

Recently a bicyclist was killed in a head-on collision with a truck in the 7000 block of Skyline Boulevard in Oakland.

In that block, there are two steep blind curves, neither of which has warning signs, reflectors or street striping. I live in the same block. Three years ago, a car missed one of the curves and nearly crashed through the front of my home. Following that accident, I advised the city on five separate occasions of the dangerous condition of the roadway and requested that the city repaint the stripes, replace the reflectors and add a warning sign.

I also advised the city of its potential liability for its failure to fix a known hazardous condition. After two years of not responding, the city finally informed me that this is a low priority.

So, how many deaths does it take for this simple fix to become a higher priority?

John McClureOakland

 

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