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Old 06-17-05, 09:18 AM   #1
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Winnipeg cyclist critically injured

yesterday morning a cyclist was crtically injured at the intersection of Henderson Hwy @ Hespeler Ave at 8:45 AM. The cyclist was standing on the southwest corner of Henderson Hwy waiting for the light to change. The ctyclist was slammed to the ground by a vehicle sliding through the intersection. To make matters worse the Good samaritan who stopped to help the injured cyclist, had his car stolen from around the corner from where the police had parked it to free up space for the emergency vehicles. Cory Lekopoy ( the good samaritan) said he told one of the officers who were first on the scene that someone had stolen his car, but they were too busy with the accident.

A witness to the accident describes how the cyclist was hit: A southbound SUV had just entered the intersection when it was struck on the side rear drivers side by a nothrbound van that was turning left onto Hespeler. The force of the collision spun the SUV sideways and it slid through the intersection, jumping the curb, knocking over a lamppost, just in front of the Voyage funeral home. Witnesses said the cyclist suffered a broken leg and other injuries. Police said he was taken to hospital and remains in critical condition.

The bike shop that I take my bike to is also on the same corner as the accident, and I was going to take my bike to the shop to get it properly repaired yesterday morning, but I will go today instead.
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Old 06-17-05, 10:15 AM   #2
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Could have just as easily have been somebody walking thier dog, waiting for the bus, making a drug buy or turning a trick.

The fact that it was a guy with a bike waiting on the corner doesn't exactly merit an Advocacy and Safety posting.
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If the posters intent was to point out that sidewalk cycling isn't as safe as one would think then it does hold merit.
From what I see above, the cyclist was "standing" at the intersection and the vehicle "jumped the curb" which leads me to believe that the cyclist was riding their bicycle on the sidewalk and had dismounted it to walk it across the crosswalk when the vehicle was forced upon the sidewalk and into the cyclist, thus showing that in this series of circumstances that sidewalk cycling was very unsafe for this individual, which in turn relates to safety, meaning that this post has every right to be here.

But of course it was most likely posted because some random person on a bike had an incident with a car, which seems to be what gets posted here alot. Personally I don't mind reading about them, and if I did then I doubt I'd take the time to ***** about every_single_post like this sort that gets thrown in here, I'd just stop reading them. To me it is a constant reminder to ALWAYS BE AWARE of my surroundings, wether biking, walking, or climbing on my rooftop to get a sneak-n-peek at my hawt ass neighbor getting undressed.
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Old 06-17-05, 12:19 PM   #4
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The fact that it was a guy with a bike waiting on the corner doesn't exactly merit an Advocacy and Safety posting.

Maybe you can present a list of your personal criteria for what merits a post topic.

I think the real reason that no one wants to hear about this is that since this guy was just waiting at an intersection with his bike and not really doing anything, there is no opportunity to debate whether he would have been safe if he had been following/not following the HTA, practicing/not practicing VC, riding with/without headphones, wearing/not wearing a helmet, carrying/not carrying weapons, and whatever else the topic swings to that day.

Personally, I have been present at enough incidents in the last year that involved motor vehicles following projectile motion to be concerned about this sort of thing.
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Could have just as easily have been somebody walking thier dog, waiting for the bus, making a drug buy or turning a trick.

The fact that it was a guy with a bike waiting on the corner doesn't exactly merit an Advocacy and Safety posting.
A few years ago, in northern California, Cece Krone was stopped on an unpaved road shoulder, well away from the travel lanes, when she was killed by a drunk driver, Michele Young, who had a previous DUI conviction. Yes, this could have happened to someone walking a dog, waiting for the bus, etc., but drunk drivers are a MAJOR safety issue for all road users, and reports about the incident certainly would have been appropriate under the Advocacy and Safety rubric.

The present incident may also be appropriate, particularly if it says anything about inattentive, aggressive, or distracted motorists, who are arguably a bigger safety problem for us than even drunks.
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