Paul Andrews

Posts Tagged ‘bicycle accident’

Daily Roundup: Searching for red van, Facebook violence, BikingBis hits 6-0, 72-year-old cuts back

In Bicycle advocacy, Daily Roundup, Mountain Biking on January 4, 2010 at 7:56 am

Police are seeking witnesses to reckless driving — injured cyclist accident near Redmond. Police are looking for a “newer red Honda Odyssey.” Someone out there knows, time to step forward and do the right thing.

And there’s a TV report. Note that one of the riders has a seat cam but apparently wasn’t using it on the ride. This may be one vital defense cyclists have in the never-ending battle with two-ton behemoths.

Deserving of further investigation: Facebook page encourages violence against cyclists… If you’re on Facebook you can tag the page as inappropriate.

Sixty-year-old guy celebrates birthday with 60-mile ride. Congrats to Gene Bisbee of BikingBis blog fame, looking forward to great things for 2010…

No worries, Gene & us other sextagenarians have lots of rides ahead of us. Here’s a mountain biker who at 72 acknowledges cutting back on the jumps and hucks (can’t afford to crash as much!).

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Rider Down: Ya Win Some…

In Bicycle Commuting, Rider Down on February 15, 2009 at 1:21 pm

HeraldNet: “Snohomish County pays $300,000 to settle cyclist’s claim.”

300 large isn’t a bad payout, all things considered. The cyclist was dressed in dark clothing and had no lights on the bike, according to the article. The lessons are obvious.

The problem for cyclists is always having to defend ourselves, no matter what the circumstances, because of cases like this. Drivers and the population in general get used to blaming cyclists automatically, the way rape victims used to get blamed automatically. Reversing this cultural meme is a tall order.

This case illustrates how hard it is to really assess blame. Good for the cyclist, although he undoubtedly would have preferred full use of his elbows for the rest of his life.