Bicyclist injured in collision with car

A Mini Cooper and a bicyclist collided at 14th and 58th St. this evening.

The accident happened just before 7 p.m. Medics tended to the cyclist, who suffered a knee injury and scrapes and bruises. The bike was lying in the middle of the street, crumpled up against the Mini. This is the intersection that was recently revamped as part of the 14th Avenue Visioning Project.

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hipster!
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hipster!

Cyclist and mini collide on revamped 14th Ave…how 'new' Ballard! hope all are well…let the accusations start:

NoraBell
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NoraBell

I'm really sorry the bicyclist was injured but………
The Mini Cooper makes this funny.

Mini Owner
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Mini Owner

You're next!

seattlemedic7
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seattlemedic7

someone didn't YEILD for the other person….. I have seen a few of these over the past few months, where the people on the bikes blow through stop signs and crash. the rules of the road follow for everyone just not cars.

David
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David

I was the driver of the Mini Cooper. The bicyclist didn't yield when he was crossing the street. I tried to avoid hitting him but couldn't. 14th Ave is a bad street for people not yielding to on-coming traffic.

bernie
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bernie

On my drive home today a cyclist blew threw a stop sign right in front of me. I saw him early and had a feeling he wasn't going to stop so I slowed down. If I hadn't been paying attention I could easily have hit him.

I am recreational cyclist myself, and I totally agree with your comment seattlemedic7.

David
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David

I'll add that the bicyclist was injured but should be OK. He injured his leg and his finger and he was taken to the hospital for examination. It's a good thing he was wearing his helmet.

The police officer at the scene told me he'll be cited for failure to yield.

This wasn't a “funny” incident in anyway. I had my 10 year old son with me and it's not the way I wanted to spend my Monday evening.

ninaf
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What did the bicyclist say? “oops”?

keyboard cat
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keyboard cat

Why do bicyclists speed through intersections?

Please, those who do, can you reply with your insights? I'm honestly curious why someone would take the chance of being hit. Its the same thing as running through the street without looking.

Is it a case where the person on the bike feels everyone will stop for them?

MichaelSnyder
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MichaelSnyder

Another good one to add to http://bikewise.org/ which has a goal of trying to identify the common causes of crashes.

Just for my own curiosity, since I occasionally teach others essentially a Drivers Ed course for bicycling (not for profit), do you know any more details? Was the car heading northbound and the cyclist heading east or southeast (that is kind of what the photos look like to me)?

How fast were you traveling?

I'm glad that everyone survived.

Some studies say that the first two years that a person commutes by bicycle have a similar risk for the cyclist as being a teenage driver has. The skills are new, the vehicle is new with different capabilities and limitations, and it takes time for us to learn. Even some of the laws are different (but stop sign and yeild sign laws are the same in this state).

Please ride safely out there folks. A bicycle is a vehicle and should be treated as such by both the cyclist and other drivers.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Bingo! Some of my fellow pedestrians act like that too. Like it's the driver's job to see us crossing. Stop and look. That's what my mother taught me.

David
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David

I didn't talk to the bicyclist. He was being helped by the medics and then left in an ambulance.

MichaelSnyder
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MichaelSnyder

Keyboard cat,

As a cyclist, about 20% of the time that I come to a 4 way stop (or even a 2 way stop or yeild), where a car approaches the intersection at the same time, even though I come to a complete stop and the car has the right of way, the car driver waves me through. That is overly polite, but risk inducing training. It creates a lot of bad behavior, eventually cyclists start to expect it. I've even had to point to the yeild sign and holler at the car driver telling them to go because it wasn't my turn before they would stop trying to wave me through.

Of course, there are some other reasons, there is a physical muscle-pain disincintive to stopping too, but when motorists selectively treat cyclists as drivers of vehicles and selectively treat us as a special case, it creates dangerous habits.

NormFox
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NormFox

Why do drivers speed, fail to stop for pedestrians, run red lights, drive while intoxicated, etc. ? Some people just don't think the law applies to them. Some are on bikes others in cars. Most cyclists actually stop at red lights and stop signs, but they never make it on your radar. Just like the obnoxious guy at the the end of the bar gets noticed while the quiet couple in the back booth are ignored.

Nora, according to the Law it actually is the driver's job to see pedestrians crossing and stop for them. The laws of physics make it not worth assuming every driver will obey the Law, hence Stop and Look.

pugethiker
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pugethiker

Just remember it's not always bicyclist that blow through stop signs or light, motorist do it and more often in my experience as a cyclist, pedestrian, and driver.

On my way home yesterday I saw I driver run a red light at Fiver Corners on NE 45th St. & Union Bay and run a stop sign near Metropolitan Market in NE Seattle (just to name two incidents). And a couple months ago I was behind a van that ran a light coming very close to slamming into an old lady crossing the street.

Lets not forget the rules of the road apply to everyone not just bikes, but it's usually the cyclist or pedestrian involved that are at the losing end. Drive safely. Pedal safely.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

That's what I meant, Norm. The car is bigger than the bike or pedestrian. Hence the stopping and looking. Knowing the law is nice, but I prefer to make it home without being flattened.

Paul
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Paul

It is less a case of feeling that everyone will stop and more of a feeling that you can dodge everything. A bicycle is much more maneuverable than a car. With it's small size it can fit through places cars, and even motorcycles, cannot. It is far to easy to start thinking you can handle it. This is a dangerous attitude, one to strive to avoid.

cyclistandSUVdriver
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cyclistandSUVdriver

“i” before “e” except after “c”? (Yield!). bikes should stop and look both directions at a stop – just like cars and regardless of how many times a car might wave the bicyclist on. Plz – not so hard to follow the rules of the road no matter how many wheels/what kind of propulsion u r using

Sammy1981
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Sammy1981

My complaint is that drivers in this part of town are TOO nice. Stopping for no reason and waving you across the road when I don't have right of way. Drives me nuts; it's so bad a hate making eye contact with drivers in case they stop for no reason.

Drivers, I know you are scared of cyclists because of the crazies and idiots, but just follow the rules! Please! It'd be safer for everyone.

dlanding
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dlanding

Sunday, we almost hit a bicyclist on 65th. She was at a cross street on the right and trying to make a left turn. She was only looking toward the right and we noticed this just as we got close to her. We were coming up by her left and she basically started riding straight in to the side of our car as she was still looking right.

She swerved and narrowly missed being hit by the car behind us. There were cars in front and behind of us in the right lane. No one was speeding.

Jezus people, be more careful and look both ways.

tiktok
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tiktok

Most accidents involve two parties. When the accident happens one is usually thinking “He doesn't see me/he's not going to stop!” and the other one is thinking “WHOA! Where did that guy come from?”

Only the truly suicidal charge into an intersection or pull out in front of someone they see.

Everyone else thinks they have a gap or that there's no-one coming, and for cyclists who have to do all their acceleration manually, there's often a powerful incentive to only stop when physically necessary, not just when there's a stop or yield sign.

D. in Sunset Hill
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D. in Sunset Hill

endless, why didn't you slow down to avoid hitting her? Yes, you may have had the right-of-way, but aren't we all trying to avoid accidents? Defensive driving anyone? I would hate to have it on my conscience even if I was right.

I Know
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I Know

That is the same intersection that sweet lady was killed crossing the street a year plus ago.

housnc
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housnc

I witnessed that the person driving was driving the speed limit. Do you really think it is that easy to miss hitting someone who is already coming across the intersection? Give me a break. Do you really think anyone wants to hit a pedestrian or cyclist to prove a point? Unbelievable.

David
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David

If the “accident” was avoidable, it wouldn't be called an accident.

I don't think anyone wants to intentionally run into someone to make a point.

I slammed on the breaks as soon as I saw the bicyclist but couldn't avoid him since he shot out in front of me. You can see, I was able to stop in the intersection so I didn't travel far after hitting him.

The firemen and police officer that I talked to said it was clear the guy didn't yield like he should have.