Be Safe, Look Right Before Turning Right, Here’s Why
I talked about the right-turn-on-red rules at 10th and Minnesota on the show today (Friday), including the results of an analysis of ticket data from the Sioux Falls Police Department.
But also during that P&L Statement I referenced the results of an hour of observation at that intersection by a member of the Falls Area Bicyclists, of which I’m also a member.
Those results will be part of the FAB presentation at the Sioux Falls City Council meeting at 7:00 PM on Tuesday.
You can learn more about the appearance and the ride leading up to it here.
But in advance, here are some general themes from the hour at the intersection:
- A FAB board videoed for an hour at the corner of 10th Street & Minnesota Avenue from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday.
- 119 cars turned right from Minnesota to 10th, going west.
- 17 turned on the red light, of those 6 did not stop and barely slowed down.
- 5 turned right while pedestrians were present, 3 of those did not stop at all.
- All of the 17 looked to their left exclusively and did not even glance to the right. This is typically what happens.
- 2 drivers were actually looking at their phones while turning right.
- There were 25 pedestrians and 3 bicyclists during this time, covering the entire intersection.
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