1) 10pm. Low traffic. Sodium arc lamps overhead.
2) No obstructions.
3) MUTHERFUCKING BIKE LANE.
4) Bike lane transitions into right-turn lane; bicyclists turning left must cross 2 lanes of traffic to get into the turn lane.
Luminar's LiDAR can detect 10% reflective objects at 200m. 38mph is 17m/s. 200/17 is a shade under 12 seconds.
The Uber car had a little under 12 seconds to detect Ms. Hertzberg.
As a lay person / arrogant pedestrian, may I just say:
what a shitty infrastructure layout.
- When I backed out of street view and looked at sat. images, I 100% thought the paving stone X in the divider was a crossing point. Had to look around in street view to find the 'no crossing' sign. Why the fuck is it even there? Is it a decorative reminder of bygone times when pedestrians were a design constraint?
- The necessity of a 'no crossing' sign would seem to indicate that they know people are going to want to cross there. Please don't walk on our affectation of a sidewalk.
- In fact, you can clearly see a desire path at the X in Strava heatmap .
- While you're there, notice that there seems to be a goodly amount of foot/bicycle traffic in the area.
- They very cleverly neglected to put the no crossing signage by the sidewalks, i.e. the point of origin for anyone crossing. Instead, they're only placed on the median. Not exactly a high visibility choice. Especially at night. Fuck it, I'm already in the street. Might as well finish.
- It's not like there's a constant in the universe saying that crosswalks can only fall in street intersections. But hey, I guess a poorly deployed no crossing sign is cheaper if not actually safer.
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson