UPDATED: Motorist Ticketed in Monday Collision with Bicyclist in Huntington Woods
The incident follows a more serious accident last week in Berkley; check out tips on how to safely share the road.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct information supplied by the Huntington Woods Public Safety Department.
A motorist was ticketed Monday after hitting a bicyclist in Huntington Woods, according to the city's Public Safety Department.
A male bicyclist was struck at approximately 8 a.m. at the intersection of 11 Mile Road and Coolidge Highway after a driver headed eastbound on 11 Mile ran a red light, Lt. Ron Livingston said Tuesday.
The driver said the sun was in her eyes, making it hard to see, according to the accident report.
Livingston said the bicyclist did not appear to be injured and declined to be taken to the hospital for an evaluation.
However, Berkley Patch reader Stephanie Pandolfi, who said the bicyclist is her friend, reports the man began to feel pain in his left wrist after the accident and went to the hospital, where he was found to have two broken bones.
Molly Zink of Huntington Woods, who saw the collision with her children as they were passing through the intersection, was shaken up.
"We were on our way to school and witnessed it (in fact I slammed on my brakes so the driver wouldn't T-bone me, and watched in horror as she hit the biker)," Zink wrote in an e-mail to Berkley Patch. "I did see him get up off the ground, but only by the Grace of God it wasn't much worse."
The incident follows a more serious accident Friday in Berkley, in which a bicyclist was hospitalized after a collision with a car on Coolidge Highway.
According to statistics used to draft the Michigan Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Action Plan 2009-2012 (see attached PDF), 2,214 bicyclists were involved in motor vehicle crashes in 2007 in the state, with 18 bicyclists killed and 1,760 injured.
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Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson offers the following safety advice.
Tips for bicyclists
- Always ride WITH other traffic.
- Obey the rules of the road as any other vehicle operator, including all traffic signs, lane markings and signals, and use hand signals to indicate turns, slowing or stopping.
- Wear bicycle helmets and reflective clothing.
- Stay as far to the right as practical when riding in traffic lanes.
- (Do) not ride more than two abreast in a single lane, so long as it does not interfere with the normal flow of vehicular traffic.
- Avoid entering the roadway without first stopping to look for vehicles.
- Ride predictably and defensively, and do not ride while drunk or distracted.
- Always yield to pedestrians.
- Have a white front headlight and a red rear reflector if riding after dark or in low light conditions.
Tips for drivers
- Look out for and always yield the right-of-way to people walking, jogging, biking, etc.
- Pull out slowly from driveways and parking areas while watching for vulnerable road users, including children and others on the sidewalk or nearby pathways.
- Stop fully before turning at driveways and intersections to make sure you do not cut off pedestrians or approaching bicyclists with right of way.
- Never turn right immediately after passing a cyclist – wait until the cyclist has completed the trip through the intersection.
- Do not pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks, as they may be allowing a pedestrian to cross the street.
- Yield to anyone crossing the street when turning left on a green light.
- Watch for surprising changes in direction, especially by children or cyclists avoiding road hazards.
- When parallel parked, check for approaching cyclists before opening your door.
- Leave sufficient space when passing vulnerable road users and take every possible precaution to avoid collision.
The city of Berkley also offers a suggested pathway for biking and the Huntington Woods Public Safety Department will provide residents with free reflective Velcro arm bands, according to the city's website.