Bicyclist keeps spirit high after par...

Bicyclist keeps spirit high after paralyzing accident - Hawaii ...

There are 69 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Sep 27, 2009, titled Bicyclist keeps spirit high after paralyzing accident - Hawaii .... In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

John Henderson was riding his bicycle mauka on Kamehameha Highway from Haleiwa on May 2 when a tour bus hit him from behind, throwing him more than 90 feet.

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Fort Huachuca, AZ

#61 Sep 28, 2009
He was riding along side? I thought the rules were single file on the right side?

Honolulu, HI

#62 Sep 28, 2009
Why not prosecute the bus driver? He was NEGLIGENT in his profession. Time after time, bicyclists are seriously injured with little or no consequence to offending drivers. Why the discrimination against bicycle riders?

Kailua, HI

#63 Sep 28, 2009
Does anyone really think a 3 foot imaginary bubble is going to protect anyone. I'm sure the guy who hit Mr Henderson didn't do it on purpose. What good would an imaginary bubble have done? I am an occasional bicyclist around the neighborhood. On a bicycle, you are always vulnerable and can't assume any car, truck or bus will see you and obey the rules of the road. In fact, its prudent to assume they won't. Any violent contact with any of the above and the bicyclist loses, bubble or no bubble. Just the way it is when the road is shared.
lumloy371yahooco m

Lihue, HI

#64 Sep 28, 2009
notodop wrote:
When they respond to bicycle - auto accidents it's my experience that HPD automatically assume the bicyclist is at fault.
Until HPD leadership starts to insist that its own officers obey laws we will continue to have unnecessary accidents. Yesterday while driving I observed one HPD blue & white car turn into a crosswalk and nearly hit a woman who was crossing with the light. Shortly thereafter I watched another blue and white car continually changing lanes on H1 and not once using a turn signal plus he was speeding. Five minutes after that I observed another unmarked car with two HPD detectives driving up Kam Hwy at excessive speed and without using any turn signals. Was he going to a crime? Nope, rushing to Foodland Waipio. It' time for HPD to start enforcing the laws not demonstrating how to break them.
Touchee, mon ami!
lumloy371yahooco m

Lihue, HI

#65 Sep 28, 2009
Stumpy wrote:
When I see a bicyclist I give him plenty of room, but can see how some of them get hit. Many ride a bike like they are still in San Francisco or Boston, where the radical bikers actively seek out confrontation with motorists.
If you're jealous of them darting in & out of traffic, park your death monster & hop on a bike! It's good for the environment, good for your health, & one less car clogging the roads & forcing public transit to a crawl. Get a clue!
lumloy371yahooco m

Lihue, HI

#66 Sep 28, 2009
George Bush wrote:
I am truly sorry for you Mr. Henderson and I hope that you can fully recover,this is a horrible thing to happen to anyone. I walk daily in Waikiki and the Ala Wai Canal area but I see many bicyclist cut and weave in and out on the street,and what really is bad is those bicyclist who ride on the sidewalks,I have been hit twice by riders on the sidewalk.Personally whether You bicyclist are right or wrong you will always lose when being hit by a vehicle,Bicyclist should not be riding on the roads or sidewalk as it is just to dangerous in Hawaii.
Mr. Bush, you are correct. It's too dangerous to ride bike in Hawai'i. But we should not accept that. Hawai'i is of bicycle scale, not motor vehicle scale. O'ahu is 40 miles long by 26 miles wide. We don't need hundreds of thousands of motor vehicles slowing public transit to a crawl & killing pedestrians & cyclists who are doing everyone a favor by being part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

Honolulu, HI

#67 Sep 28, 2009
lumloy371yahoocom wrote:
<quoted text>
If you're jealous of them darting in & out of traffic, park your death monster & hop on a bike! It's good for the environment, good for your health, & one less car clogging the roads & forcing public transit to a crawl. Get a clue!
I'd rather buy a bigger "death monster." If all the bicyclists would run off the Pali it would be good for the environment too. Ever see how much fuel the Sea Shepherd burns just so they can throw water balloons at whalers?

Haubstadt, IN

#68 Sep 28, 2009
Stumpy wrote:
<quoted text> Just curious. Are you in any way related to "Critical Mass", the bicycle group that intentionally disrupts traffic on Fridays, faking accidents, antagonizing drivers, while videotaping it for the lawyers? One thing I notice about bike lanes is that they are cluttered with debris, making them difficult to ride in without getting a flat tire.
No Stumpy it's the Honolulu Bike Club, they do organize some rides at the capitol but nothing illegal. Their office is up on the hill going towards the Roman Catholic School and Chaminade U. Use to be anyway.

Honolulu, HI

#69 Sep 29, 2009
we have never met, but I just want to say I am praying for you and your recovery. Stay Strong you will heal from this.

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