Bicyclist seriously injured in accident

Jan 2, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Richmond Register

A Berea bicyclist was transported to University of Kentucky Medical Center with serious injuries Wednesday after he collided with a passenger car on Highway 595 near the entrance to the Kentucky Artisan Center, said Berea Police Chief David Gregory.

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Kingsbury, IN

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Jan 3, 2013
 
isn't there a bike lane running along side 595? was the car driving in the bike lane?
southcentralmad

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Jan 3, 2013
 
Not much said about it.
weird

Kingsbury, IN

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Jan 3, 2013
 
why wasn't he in the bike lane that berea spent thousands of dollars on building?

oh yeah, bikes are vehicles too
knightvision

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First, prayers go to the injured person.
but,
I knew this was going to happen sooner or later. In a fast paced world where automobiles outnumber bicycles in this town probably 5,000 to 1. The bicycle riders that ride down the middle of the road like they own it, should give some common courtesy and stay out of the way. Whether I am going to work or just driving down to the shell mart to get a 6 pack of mt. dew, I don't want a bicycle to back up traffic 8-10 deep at a speed of 10-15 mph in a 45mph zone. Also, the safety feature...I would love to ride a bike with my kids on occasion, but I have the common sense not to get on the roads where 3000 lb cars drive, I learned this at an early age, and taught my kids this same thing.
I read someone thinks soon, because of gas prices and economy reasons, that we will all be riding bikes. May be so...and when that happens...the way things are will be much different and only then we will adapt to that time in our lives, but as of now, bikes should be on bike paths and off the busy fast moving roads with cars and trucks. I doubt very seriously with modern advances that the world will take steps back in that direction, man has always found better ways of transportation and will continue to do so.
Now the biker riders can say "give bikes some of the common courtesy"...well actually automobile drivers already do...we don't want to run over your slow ass, nobody wants to hit and injure another human being.
Siberica

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Jan 3, 2013
 
I do not know if he was on the multi-use path before the accident, but I have heard that witnesses said he was trying to cross Walnut Meadow to the other side and pulled out in front of the driver who hit him. As so often happens whether a person is walking, biking, motorcycling, or driving a car/truck, it would seem for whatever reason (distraction, blind spot, sun, pre-occupied with other thoughts), he did not see the oncoming vehicle. He was not wearing a helmet.

As for the anger against road cyclists (the injured man was just a fellow on a discount store bicycle), there are good people on both 2 wheels and 4 wheels. And there are jerks operating both. In order to be safe on the roads, drivers and cyclists need to be alert and obey the laws. For cyclists, this means staying to the right hand side to allow traffic to pass (although there are times this is not safe) and stopping for signs and lights. For vehicles, this means waiting until there is no oncoming traffic and you can safely pass allowing 3 feet between your side mirror and the cyclist (yes, this is the law.) 9 times out of 10, the brief time needed to slow to be safe around a cyclist causes no real loss of time. In town, chances are you'll still get caught at the next stop light or the one after (I've known more than one cyclist who has caught up to a driver who was engaging in harassment at the next stop light. One of them is a state police officer who issues the driver a citation.) Or if you are on a country road, what is even a 1 minute delay compared to a life? Where are you going that you are in that big of a hurry?
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Lexington, KY

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Siberica wrote:
I do not know if he was on the multi-use path before the accident, but I have heard that witnesses said he was trying to cross Walnut Meadow to the other side and pulled out in front of the driver who hit him. As so often happens whether a person is walking, biking, motorcycling, or driving a car/truck, it would seem for whatever reason (distraction, blind spot, sun, pre-occupied with other thoughts), he did not see the oncoming vehicle. He was not wearing a helmet.
As for the anger against road cyclists (the injured man was just a fellow on a discount store bicycle), there are good people on both 2 wheels and 4 wheels. And there are jerks operating both. In order to be safe on the roads, drivers and cyclists need to be alert and obey the laws. For cyclists, this means staying to the right hand side to allow traffic to pass (although there are times this is not safe) and stopping for signs and lights. For vehicles, this means waiting until there is no oncoming traffic and you can safely pass allowing 3 feet between your side mirror and the cyclist (yes, this is the law.) 9 times out of 10, the brief time needed to slow to be safe around a cyclist causes no real loss of time. In town, chances are you'll still get caught at the next stop light or the one after (I've known more than one cyclist who has caught up to a driver who was engaging in harassment at the next stop light. One of them is a state police officer who issues the driver a citation.) Or if you are on a country road, what is even a 1 minute delay compared to a life? Where are you going that you are in that big of a hurry?
Thanks for the complete explanations of the laws of cars and bicycles. Damn, how did I ever get my drivers license?

As I stated, I don't care if I am going to the local quick mart for a pack of gum or in a hurry trying driving to a hospital, I don't want to be behind a bicycle holding up traffic. Going bicycle speed on a busy road, not only is upseting time wise, but causes other cars that are speeding to rear end an innocent driver. In town isn't the problem, I see bicycle riders on the sidewalk where they should be. I have zero problem with people riding bicycles. Just use some common sense and don't ride them on busy roads, or traffic...again...just like I was taught as a child. I guess some people never learn that lesson until it's too late
Peachy

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knightvision wrote:
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Thanks for the complete explanations of the laws of cars and bicycles. Damn, how did I ever get my drivers license?
I wonder every day how some people got their drivers licenses.
Citizen

Nicholasville, KY

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Jan 4, 2013
 
The cyclist was in the road and not on the bike path according to the article. Being a average blue-collar worker in the industrial park it is not uncommon to see cyclist riding on the road during peak traffic hours. Especially on Mayde road. Berea has spent thousands of dollars to help protect walkers, runners and cyclist by creating bike and pathways well off of the main dragway to help prevent such accidents.

I am not condeming the cyclist nor am I dissing his/her actions. All I am saying is that this is a dangerous area and there are designated areas to use so as to prevent accidents such as this.
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Jan 4, 2013
 
Peachy wrote:
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I wonder every day how some people got their drivers licenses.
yea...got mine in 1982...and have yet to hit a bicycle ...cause I know the rules ...imagine that
Jody54

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I don't know for sure, but I think there is more to this story. My husband was going to town and this bicycle rider was probably the same person that was in front of him on Menelaus Road prior to the accident. My husband had to slow way down and get in the other lane to go around the guy because he was weaving around and close to the dotted line in the middle of the road. Maybe he wasn't stable for whatever reason.
I do not understand why cyclist, walker and runners don't use the pathway that the City built. I think they should be ticketed!...for their own protection. Harsh...I don't think so, because it would beat getting injured, killed or causing an auto and driver damages. If cars aren't allowed on the path, then they shouldn't be allowed on the highway.
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Jan 16, 2013
 
virgo wrote:
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hope god see's fit to remove your heartless ass from earth really soon.
i actually hate when people ride their bikes on the road, hate it. this comment was for a person saying how he would laugh at the person if they had gotten killed. i thought that was going a bit to far, i was just giving them a taste of their own comment....heartless.
Spirit of Berea

Berea, KY

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Jan 17, 2013
 
In most towns that make legislation regarding the matter (like Lexington), it's actually illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk. Notice how it's called a sideWALK?
Motorist

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Jan 17, 2013
 
4 Cyclists have been run over and killed in Lex this year. Not a single driver has faced charges in these deaths. Lots of ghost bikes chained to poles, but no one is going to prison over these idiots riding in traffic.

Same goes for scaffold cane you morons.

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