Sidewalk cyclist collides with SUV

Terry Knake said he didn’t see the guy on the bicycle until the bicycle slammed into the side of his SUV.

Bicycle-SUV collisionIf the guy on the bicycle saw the SUV, he didn’t have time to avoid the crash. He tumbled over the hood and onto the pavement.

Just after 1:30 p.m. today, Knake was pulling out of a parking lot in the 400 block of First Avenue East in Cedar Rapids. His vision to the right was obstructed by another SUV, he said, so he didn’t see the cyclist coming down the sidewalk.

When I came across the scene moments later, paramedics were just arriving to help the apparently injured cyclist, who was sitting on the pavement. His bicycle lay a few feet away in two pieces, the front wheel and fork snapped off and joined to the rest of the bike only by cables.

“Dumb kids,” Knake said when I asked him what happened. He said witnesses told him the young man on the bicycle was traveling at a “pretty good clip” downhill on the sidewalk.

I didn’t get the injured man’s name or his version of what happened. He was strapped to a board and hauled away in an ambulance.

Not actually having seen the collision, I’ll point out just a couple of things:

  • This is a great example of why riding on sidewalks and sidepaths is dangerous. Drivers often don’t expect to see you, and sight lines often are less than ideal.
  • On the sidewalk or on the street, if you’re going to ride a bicycle you have to be on the lookout for hazards all the time and have your bicycle under control.

I did not see a bicycle helmet at the scene, by the way. The injured man was fortunate if he managed to avoid cracking his skull along with a few other bones.

If you have news of his condition or other information about the accident, please let us know.

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2 Responses to “Sidewalk cyclist collides with SUV”

  1. 1 Sam June 23, 2010 at 8:22 am

    One thing you failed to point out. When driving a car, you must come to a complete stop before crossing the sidewalk and pulling into traffic.

    I don’t know any more information about this incident, so I don’t know the actions taken by the driver prior to being struck by a bicycle, but I do know accidents require two participants.

  2. 2 bjsmith June 23, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Excellent point about stopping before the sidewalk. I doubt many motorists know that.

    When I’m riding on a sidepath or walking on a sidewalk, I assume motorists are not going to stop.

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