Police look for cyclist who hit boy

UPDATED: Click here for an update on the boy and the accident.

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News from Coralville this morning says police are looking for a cyclist who struck a 4-year-old boy and then left the scene. They would like to find out more about what happened.

So would I, and I hope the guy comes forward, just as I hope any motorist who strikes a cyclist would.

It wouldn’t surprise me if the cyclist was on the sidewalk, where he shouldn’t have been. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the boy wandered into the cyclist’s path. It happens all the time.

I saw it just the other day on a trail ride with some friends. A young boy started pedaling across a trail bridge, stopped, then turned left as we were starting to pass him. Fortunately for all, we were going slow enough to react and not hurt him.

It was a good reminder to watch out for the little ones.

Slow down when you’re around them (and even around grown-up pedestrians). Be ready to stop. You never know what they might do, so be prepared for anything.

I’m inclined to believe that if you hit a kid with your bicycle, it’s your fault.

What do you think?

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6 Responses to “Police look for cyclist who hit boy”


  1. 1 sam bergus July 17, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    This story is getting even stranger, while the husband says the bicyclist only offered a dirty look, the Coralville police are saying that he stopped and offered assistance http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090717/NEWS/707179922/-1/rss01&rssfeed=rss01

  2. 2 sam bergus July 17, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    To make things even more confusing, the article I linked to in my previous post doesn’t even mention the husband, it only says that the mother was walking with her two children.

    I don’t think the cyclist has no responsibility in this matter, much like in matters between cars and bicycles, the vehicle capable of doing the most harm (in this case the bicycle) should have a higher level of responsibility. But I want to know if the husband was there, and if he wasn’t, why is he trying to pin blame on the bicyclist?

  3. 3 B.J. Smith July 18, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Thanks for that link. I hadn’t seen that. It’s good to know the police were able to talk to the cyclist. Based on the article, I can see how it could be difficult to avoid hitting someone who darts out in front of you at the last second, particularly if you’re moving very fast at all.

    It still isn’t clear to me if this happened on a sidewalk or on the street. It sounds like it was on a sidewalk, where I don’t think cyclists belong (adult cyclists, anyway).

  4. 4 sam bergus July 18, 2009 at 7:14 am

    That portion of Oakdale Boulevard has wide sidewalks labeled to be used by bicycles http://www.jccog.org/documents/trailsmapltr.pdf

    I agree that adult cyclists don’t belong on sidewalks, which is why I think cities need to work on improving their road infrastructure to accommodate bicyclists instead of simply widening the sidewalks. Wide sidewalks are great, but the lead to problems like this as well as issues with vehicles either not looking for bicyclists or stopping on cross walks.

  5. 5 bjsmith July 20, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Those sidewalks should probably not be marked as bicycle routes (unless that route falls under “certain limited circumstances”), according to the info posted on Facebook today by the C.R. Bicycle Advisory Committee:

    It’s a common misconception that sidewalks are the safest place for bicycles. The link below contains text from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) 1999 Guide for the development of bicycle facilities that generally discourages the use of sidewalks as bike paths except under certain limited circumstances. http://tinyurl.com/lxdxg7


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