Long Beach resident Larry Vaughn sent in the photo along with a little rant:
A 14 year old boy was hit by a car. He was riding a skateboard. If the road was two lanes with a bike/board lane he would be fine right now.
(see article at AOL-owned LB Patch: UPDATED: Middle School Student in Critical Condition After Auto Accident)
Larry is right. The six lane Lido Blvd through Lido Beach was given a recent facelift that so far proved to be nothing, but a complete waste of taxpayers money while it still remains a dangerous road. Not to nitpick, but should have been designed as follows:
Have only two lanes going west into Long Beach. Three lanes coming east out of Long Beach for emergency evacuation and outgoing beach traffic. The remaining “extra” lane should have then been used as a bike lane on each side. This poor boy could have been on that bike lane, as there is currently no room whatsoever on the blvd. Skateboarding and bike riding is not allowed in sidewalks.
I drive on Lido Blvd every single day – both morning and evening rush hour. The only traffic I hit is when there is an accident. A 14 year old boy should be allowed to skateboard in a safe environment, but what the DOT gave us was the same speedy road with some weeds growing in the middle medians.
In Island Park they plan on actually doing the two lane south/three lane north configuration, but it’s really just to make more room for parked cars on the side of the road. There is no mention whatsoever on bike lanes. Who is in charge of these new road designs? Maybe they should all be fired.
My heart goes out to the boy and his family. The Patch is now reporting that the child is in critical condition… sigh.. We are all thinking of you.