published Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Bicyclist injured in run-in with car

A bicyclist suffered head injuries after crossing in front of a car on East Main Street Tuesday evening, according to Chattanooga Police.

The car had was moving forward at a green light down Main Street when the bicyclist crossed into its path, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary. The rider was thrown upon impact, causing a head injury and possible broken ribs. A pregnant passenger in the vehicle was mildly shaken up but not seriously injured, said Weary.

The rider was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries but no charges will be filed in the case, Weary said.

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hcirehttae said...

Why is this story reposted word for word a few hours later? No update, just verbatim reposting. Weird journalism, TFP.

May 11, 2011 at 12:17 p.m.

I wonder was the bicyclist drunk bike riding that night ?

May 11, 2011 at 12:57 p.m.
Eric said...

We see this kind of thing all the time. Cyclists crashing red lights and stop signs, and even riding on the wrong side of the road. Riding a bike is great exercise, but the cyclists need to know that they have to follow traffic laws just like cars.

May 11, 2011 at 4:11 p.m.
hcirehttae said...

I like this comment I wrote for the earlier story. If TFP can post their story again verbatim, I can post my comment again.

I am horrified when bicyclists (and motorcyclists) are involved in accidents; it affects all of us, not just the rider. And I'm indignant when bicyclists do not receive the same courtesies and privileges that automobiles do. I live on a road near Signal Mountain where many bicyclists ride in large groups or singly for pleasure, and I always take great care to avoid hitting them. Nearly always, they are rational and law-abiding; that's mutual respect and common sense. However, when a bicyclist causes an accident, he or she should be ticketed just the same as a car driver. If the idea is that they've been punished by their injuries in the accident, that is a wrong-headed idea. Bicyclists who run red lights, ride against the traffic, weave in and out, and dart out into the street deserve to be penalized by the law, just the same as car drivers who don't wear seat belts or don't buckle their children into safety seats. Natural consequences such as death and injury are not the point, unless you're a fanatic libertarian and you believe that only natural consequences are meaningful. The law exists for all, and must be enforced even-handedly, or it is weak and meaningless.

May 11, 2011 at 4:24 p.m.
NorthChatter said...

The problem is lumping all cyclists into one category...there are those who are out riding for pleasure/exercise (who usually do a good job of obeying traffic laws...and wear helmets...and lights when it's dark)...and then there are those who are usually poorer and probably riding a bike because it is the only transportation they can afford.

Unfortunately, more times than not, this subset of cyclists are not as careful with (or ignorant of) traffic laws pertaining to cyclists and typically not wearing helmets. It is a socio-economic issue.

Either way, it is unfortunate whenever you read of a cyclist being hurt (I hope the person fully recovers). You've got to be careful out there...even moreso after dark (which is when most of these incidents happen). WEAR A HELMET!

May 11, 2011 at 5:11 p.m.
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