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(Marin Independent Journal)   When driving to the DMV, make sure to avoid the bike lane   (marinij.com) divider line 23
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2012-12-20 10:37:31 AM  
Amusing tag still depressed from last Friday? Heh.
 
2012-12-20 10:41:55 AM  
An 87-year-old Larkspur man on his way to the DMV Tuesday afternoon drove into a pedestrian/bicycle path and got stuck there for more than half an hour.

Raymond Pierce was not injured, but his [circa 1994, rust-bucket] Toyota station wagon was wedged into the pathway so tightly that he could not back out or open his doors. He stayed in the car until a towing crew could yank the vehicle out.

"They should block that off, that passageway," Pierce said in a telephone interview later.


No. Neither you or that car have any place on the road. Get a rascal scooter and go terrify a Golden Corral, gramps.
 
2012-12-20 10:45:44 AM  
Wow, my old home commute. Nice jerb buddy. Yea, revocation is best we can hope for.
 
2012-12-20 10:54:04 AM  
Fark ya, just what the USA needs, drivers over 85!
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-12-20 10:54:49 AM  
Lent said that if there was a sign marking the pedestrian pathway, he didn't see it.

If only newspapers had people who could go check for the existence of such signs, even photograph them, so readers wouldn't be left guessing who to laugh at.
 
2012-12-20 10:57:45 AM  
"They should block that off, that passageway," Pierce said in a telephone interview later.

Yea. Okay old man. The problem isn't that you drove into a narrow passageway obviously meant for pedestrians because you're a senile menace to everybody else on the road, the problem is there isn't signage so that senile menaces to everybody else on the road don't drive off of it into areas they're obviously not meant to be. Because you probably would have noticed a sign nearby even though you're too senile to notice that YOUR FARKING CAR DOESN'T FIT.

Farking old people. I was on my way to work not too long ago with some old idiot creeping along in front of me at 10 mph. Then he turned into the same parking lot I did, stopped dead at an intersection where he had no stop sign, finally made a left through into the lane going in the opposite direction, then crawled into a Burger King parking lot at less than 5 mph.

Stay off the road you senile old maniacs.
/ people that drive mid-day though are the worst
// stay-at-home moms and old people are absolutely horrendous drivers
 
2012-12-20 10:57:59 AM  

The Face Of Oblivion: An 87-year-old Larkspur man on his way to the DMV Tuesday afternoon drove into a pedestrian/bicycle path and got stuck there for more than half an hour.

Raymond Pierce was not injured, but his [circa 1994, rust-bucket] Toyota station wagon was wedged into the pathway so tightly that he could not back out or open his doors. He stayed in the car until a towing crew could yank the vehicle out.

"They should block that off, that passageway," Pierce said in a telephone interview later.

No. Neither you or that car have any place on the road. Get a rascal scooter and go terrify a Golden Corral, gramps.


Aww comon!, there's no reason for that car not to be in use.
 
2012-12-20 11:00:16 AM  
"They should block that off, that passageway," Pierce said in a telephone interview later.

no, you should stop driving.
 
2012-12-20 11:00:39 AM  
There are some great bike paths near where I live (So I don't have to share the road with motorists! Fark's bike haters can rejoice!). For the most part, they're completely away from the road, but in some places they're nearby and parallel. One day, I was biking up a hill on the path, and at the top was a very confused old couple in a car, getting ready to barrel down the bike path. The way they were gesturing at each other, it looked like they had been trying to get to the highway. Somehow, the driver managed to think that the one-lane, dirt path of the maintenance entrance (which you'd have to drive up over a curb to access) was a more viable roadway than the two-lane, paved, painted entrance to the highway.  Fortunately, there was a maintenance crew to flag them down before they got too far down the hill. The path narrows and takes a turn at the bottom, so that could have been very bad.
 
Protip: If you're driving and you suddenly realize you're somewhere cars are obviously not intended to go, it's extremely unlikely that there's going to be a way back if you keep going forward. 
 
/Cool Story, Sis.
 
2012-12-20 11:14:30 AM  
Someday many among us will reach the point where advancing age and senility will cause the sort of confusion that this old gent is experiencing.

Hopefully, we will have the wisdom to realize when the time to drive ourselves has come to an end.

For those who don't have the wisdom, maybe mandatory retesting at regular intervals is what's needed.
 
2012-12-20 11:25:08 AM  
Not only is it the bike lane, but it is on the left side of the road.


So even if it was a lane for auto traffic, he would have been going the wrong way on it.
 
2012-12-20 11:30:19 AM  
Lent also repaired a flat tire for Pierce, a AAA member 
 
Would they made him drive home on a flat if he wasn't a member?
 
2012-12-20 11:33:48 AM  

capt.hollister: Hopefully, we will have the wisdom to realize when the time to drive ourselves has come to an end.

For those who don't have the wisdom, maybe mandatory retesting at regular intervals is what's needed.



The problem with the effectiveness of the mandatory testing is that revoking his licence doesn't mean that grandpa will actually remember that he doesn't drive anymore or a full head of hair. My friend's family had to hide keys because his dad started getting "confused" and would try to drive somewhere. He'd quit driving years ago, but as soon as early-stage of dementia set in, he was trying to get back behind the wheel.
 
2012-12-20 11:33:55 AM  

capt.hollister: Someday many among us will reach the point where advancing age and senility will cause the sort of confusion that this old gent is experiencing.

Hopefully, we will have the wisdom to realize when the time to drive ourselves has come to an end.

For those who don't have the wisdom, maybe mandatory retesting at regular intervals is what's needed.


I'll be OK. I don't really like driving that much anyways. OTOH, some of the older members of my family ( Boomers) , will have to be dragged away from their cars kicking and screaming....

/ hope that happens before they hurt someone else
// or themselves...
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-12-20 11:51:58 AM  
bikerific

I think it was next to a freeway (one way traffic) so he was being a stereotypical old driver cruising in the left lane.  The number zero lane I think it would be called in California.
 
2012-12-20 12:09:38 PM  
Maybe there was a farmer's market sign covering the Bike & Pedestrian only sign?
 
2012-12-20 12:17:26 PM  
FTFA: "Pierce, a AAA member"

I keep clear of any car with a AAA sticker on the back. It just screams that the driver is likely inept.
 
2012-12-20 12:55:45 PM  
I found the scene in Google Maps.   His first problem is going Northbound on Nellen is headed AWAY from the DMV.   Had he gone south on Nellen from where he entered the bike path and then one block west, he'd have made it.
 
Here is where he started:
https://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&q=nellen+avenue+corte+mad er a+ca&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF-8&ei=Pk7TULyWCafy0QGe-IGYDQ&ved=0CAsQ_AUoAA 
 
He must have departed Nellen just north of the spiral ramp on to the pedestrian overpass (God help us if he had tried to negotiate that), then drove on the barely wide enough asphalt path up to the end of Lucky Drive.   He was fortunate to not drive off the track that leads into the Corte Madera Creek to the left and then get stuck on the pedestrian path on the bridge.
 
2012-12-20 01:27:48 PM  
"They should block that off, that passageway," Pierce said in a telephone interview later.

The incident occurred at about 12:20 p.m., when Pierce was driving on northbound Nellen Avenue in Corte Madera, the California Highway Patrol said. Pierce was trying to enter Highway 101, but "in his confusion" he drove into the bike and pedestrian path that runs along the west side of the freeway and goes over the Corte Madera Creek, said CHP Officer Eric Hohmeister

Actually the only thing that should be blocked is his ability to get a driver's license. If you're so goddamn senile that you can't decipher the green and white signs than it's time for you to take the bus.

The sad thing is even if we summon the political will to revoke the licenses of these geezers, they'll keep driving. And when they're caught driving not a damn thing will happen to them
 
2012-12-20 01:37:11 PM  

cmb53208: "They should block that off, that passageway," Pierce said in a telephone interview later.

The incident occurred at about 12:20 p.m., when Pierce was driving on northbound Nellen Avenue in Corte Madera, the California Highway Patrol said. Pierce was trying to enter Highway 101, but "in his confusion" he drove into the bike and pedestrian path that runs along the west side of the freeway and goes over the Corte Madera Creek, said CHP Officer Eric Hohmeister

Actually the only thing that should be blocked is his ability to get a driver's license. If you're so goddamn senile that you can't decipher the green and white signs than it's time for you to take the bus.

The sad thing is even if we summon the political will to revoke the licenses of these geezers, they'll keep driving. And when they're caught driving not a damn thing will happen to them


This is America.  Nothing happens until you kill somebody
 
2012-12-20 02:02:32 PM  
if the sides of the "road" are getting narrower and narrower, and your mirrors have broken off, and you are starting to scrape both sides of the car, the trick is to keep going forward.
 
2012-12-20 03:54:03 PM  
Doesn't surprise me that a Californian did this.
 
2012-12-20 07:11:55 PM  
He hates the Lance Armstrong wannabes, can't blame him.
 
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