Good Samaritans help fallen cyclist

Several Good Samaritans helped a bicyclist this morning, after falling at the railroad tracks along Shilshole Ave under the Ballard Bridge where the Burke Gilman Trail guides people at a right angle to cross the tracks.

A MyBallard reader writes that several drivers got out and helped the cyclist after the accident around 8:15 this morning. “The biker said no vehicle was involved,” he says, “It appeared that he lost control of his bike crossing the (presumably) frozen tracks and fell on his face. The visor on his helmet was broken.” The emailer says that people helping this bicyclist commented on the frequency of these types of accidents. In fact, he saw one several weeks ago at this same location, “He was riding very carefully and going slowly. Thank goodness he was wearing a helmet. The bicyclist today was also saved from more severe injury by his helmet and visor.” (Copyright photo L..P. O’Donnell used with permission. Photo edited by photographer.)

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Jon
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Jon

Sorry, can you please explain the news value here? Are there not enough car crashes to report on? ;-)

Seriously, if the story is really about how dangerous these tracks are (and dangerous they are!) and how shameful it is that we don't have a completed “missing link” of the trail yet (and shameful it is!), why not actually invest the time in covering that larger story?

Covering car + bike crashes (especially ones where nobody gets hurt) with no context or bigger story is cheap, lazy reporting that does little to enhance our understanding of our community, and it plays into the “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality that has driven TV and print journalism into the gutter.

Patrick
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Patrick

As a former WSU Cycling Team president and NW Collegiate Cycling Conference Director I must say the competence of riders commuting through Ballard is atrocious. I have a workshop one block from this picture and I see at least one rider a week fall on those tracks.

The metal of the tracks is SLIPPPERY and they are perfectly spaced so both your front and rear wheel will slip at the same time. Don't let your wheels touch it! It's better to ride FAST and hop over railroad tracks unless you can't manage that. If you can't, ride down 46th where there's no tracks.

Also, if you never rode your bike off the sidewalk as a kid then you probably are not skilled enough to ride in traffic. You need to learn to be safe and I suggest you take the bike handling class at the velodrome in Marymoor. You will learn to ride a straight line and how to ride close to other moving people. http://velodrome.org/mva/node/16

crownpill
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crownpill

I love these sorts of comments, the kind that say, “This wouldn't have happened if you were as competent as me.” Sure, folks on bikes could be better riders, but c'mon Patrick, don't be so high on your horse. Very experienced, competent riders fall on those tracks all the time, this one include.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

It's newsworthy that people stopped to help.

BBO
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BBO

Is this really news or pushing an agenda?

Patrick is on target with what he wrote, which doesn't surprise me as a fellow Coug.

Cyclists want there own special trail. Okay you have it.
Cyclists like to preach to “share the road.” We do.
However, let's not complain or make a big deal out of these accidents when they occur. Do I feel badly for the injured part, of course. We share the road, ALL OF THE ROADS, even the uneven, less safe ones.

I would like to see cyclists obey the same signage as the rest of us. I know stopping at an all way stop kills your momentum and a cyclist must “re-start.” It is your choice to ride, so please, ride safely and assume the risks and responsibilities that everyone else should, as well.

I recall the phrase “equal rights don't equal special rights.” A different cause but it should apply here!!!!

Cougar Bob
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Cougar Bob

I think this is a totally bizarre photograph. There is no assistance taking place in this photo. The subjects faces are anonymized……If anything it looks like there are two uniformed people supervising somebody on the ground who is drawing white lines on the street. Looks like a Devo album cover outtake.

Ernie_98107
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Ernie_98107

That's some funny s**t Bob!

gurple
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“As a former WSU Cycling Team president and NW Collegiate Cycling Conference Director…”

You must be a hit at parties, Captain Non Sequitur. “Hey, this cheese dip isn't bad!” “Well, speaking as a former WSU Cycling Team president and NW Collegiate Cycling Conference Director, the optimal blend of cheeses for peak racing performance is 25% asiago, 75% brie.”

coyotebill
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coyotebill

“Nothing to see here. Move along.”

Edog
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Edog

When a problem comes along…….

nwcitizen
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nwcitizen

What Nora Bell said.

Bikes for Bums
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Bikes for Bums

Coming exclusively on myballard.com at 5pm: Toddler trips over crack in pavement and scuffs knee. Check back in at 5 for exclusive interviews with distraught parents as well as photos of Hello Kitty band aids applied to the kids mangled knee.

Tomorrow on myballard.com: Slaughtering Sidewalks-Are Ballard's sidewalks just a step away from tragedy?

BoomBoom
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BoomBoom

Peace between drivers and bikers?! Have we entered some sort so of “Ballard Bizzaro-Realm?”

Herder
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Herder

This is an interesting photograph none-the-less. Both 'helpers' are just standing with their arms folded and hands in pockets.

I used to commute along that stretch (on my bike) and many a time had the wits scared out of me. I was run off the road twice by those cement trucks (before any of you start with your “better bike handling” comments, I'm a 30 year bicycle commuter). I hate to say it but it's going to take a fatality before anything is done about that disastrous stretch of road.

calling doug11
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calling doug11

Where's doug11 when you need him?!

onederfullone
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onederfullone

“you must whip it”
But seriously, glad the biker escaped major injury, and that folks were there to check on them.

wtc
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wtc

I was never WSU Cycling Team President, although I have played this role on T.V.

I think the point of this story is that we need to get this 'Missing Link' of trail built already. The fact that it's still being delayed is positively shameful to Ballard.

SPG
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SPG

Do we really ever need him?
I'm sure someone here can fill in with some ALL CAPS!!! screed against everything and somehow manage to even piss off the cyclists too.
I almost wonder if this story is here just to feed Doug and keep the comments lively during the holiday break…

glutton
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glutton

looks like they are being lots of help..arms crossed watching him lay in pain..other dude with hands in pocket…probably were gonna rob him till they saw the photographer

anonymous
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anonymous

Well since that is me lying there on the ground I can tell you exactly what happened. I swung wide to negotiate the same set of tracks that I have been riding over for the past three years and didn't realize the road was as icy as it was. Face planted in between the tracks so it wasn't really the tracks that did me in at all.

The two guys standing there watched over me while I made a puddle of blood under my face. Whoever they were I greatly appreciated them being there for me. Now I just have to figure out how I'm going to pay to have my teeth fixed.

So, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to take my vicodin and go to sleep.

Thanks,

travitron
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travitron

Here's a mind-blowing suggestion for the city: Take a few hundred dollars and a few hours of someone's time and put a friggen asphalt 'ramp' over the relevant portion of the tracks. I would even wager to guess that you'd get free bicycle rider volunteers to do it for you. Or, maybe just put something over the rails themselves in the appropriate area so they are not prone to being slipped upon. I'm assuming that during non-freezing months, these are fairly safe to cross if done at a right-angle to the tracks. So either cover the tracks up completely or just the rails/gaps. I don't understand why this needs to keep happening.

Anyone have an asphalt machine and a penchant for late-night asphaltin' ?

nwcitizen
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nwcitizen

Well said travitron!

runnergal
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runnergal

My 2010 resolution is to STOP reading these darn postings. You people are ridiculous!

Tastyviddles
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Tastyviddles

Okay….if it is common knowledge that this spot is dangerous …yadda yadda yadda…why don't bicyclists stop – walk over the tracks…get back on bike? I'm not a cyclist..so maybe that's just not really a possibility? Just curious?

Bjorn Toobiewild
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Bjorn Toobiewild

Yeah, it looks like a cheap scifi film, “Fiend without a Face”. Maybe they were actually laughing at the cyclist.