As a city resident who lives and works downtown, I walk everywhere and am very concerned about pedestrian safety. Honestly, it is life threatening on an almost daily basis, and that is no exaggeration.
Many bicyclists and skateboarders frequently disregard pedestrians and nearly run over us without even a quick apology. The bicyclists are definitely the worst in this regard. I speak from much direct experience. It is a low estimate to say that approximately 50 percent of bicyclists run red lights, run stop signs, and make quick, dangerous right and left turns while pedestrians are stepping into the crosswalk or are even a fourth of the way across.
Besides that, it is common to see bikes on the sidewalks. Some people have suggested that bicyclists should be required to pass a test to become licensed and should carry insurance. I agree and even feel this should apply to skateboarders.
Any collision with a bike or fast skateboard has potential for serious injury to pedestrians. It is shocking to see the lack of respect for common-sense laws that exist to protect everyone, and pedestrians are the most vulnerable, especially downtown. Perhaps we need a city ordinance banning bikes and skateboards completely from De la Vina to Santa Barbara Street, and from Gutierrez to Victoria.