twin city sidewalks writes: Predictable Bicycle Tragedy Points to Need for New Street Priorities at University of Minnesota: "To put it bluntly, much of the the street design at University of Minnesota makes it almost inevitable that pedestrians and cyclists will be killed. "
This is the second pedestrian/bicyclist death in Dinkytown in less than a week, though the other was hit-and-run driver running onto the sidewalk.
Obviously the driver is at fault. The question the community needs to ask is could street design have something to do with bad driving? Or, is a one-way pair appropriate here (University/Fourth)? Sure it is great to evacuate the arenas and stadium after a game, but it is an inherent conflict with the more common daily activities on the route. Getting the through vehicle traffic away from local non-motorized campus traffic should be a strategy considered. (e.g. Suppose Granary Road were to be completed instead of just discussed).