Shout out to Jim aka “Bikerly” from Minnesota. He’s in Santa Cruz this week and camping out in my garage. He has more bicycles than me!
Des Moines, Iowa: Semi truck driver loses control on Interstate 35/80 and sails his truck off of the highway and onto the bike path 20 feet below. Police say the bike path is destroyed. This incident reminds me of Jack Taylor’s bike news parody mocking usual media reports of crashes involving cyclists.
ATLANTA, GA— A tragic accident has resulted in swift action by a concerned Atlanta City Council. Last month, while driving east on Interstate 285 on the city’s north side, 43 year old Wanda Oliver was distracted when her cell phone became entangled with her earring. During the struggle, Oliver lost control of her 2004 Road Rage Edition as she neared the Long Island Drive overpass. The 11,300 pound Suburban-RRE plummeted 20 feet onto Long Island Drive and Shanika Jackson, a 28 year old (114 pounds) northbound cyclist, invalidating the Suburban’s onboard entertainment center warranty and killing the cyclist instantly.
Oliver, who was treated at the scene for a bruised ear lobe, was not charged. Investigators cited the fact that it was unclear that cyclist Jackson had been riding as far right as possible. Lawyers for the distraught Oliver also say that it appeared that at the last moment the bicycle rider had swerved into the path of the oncoming Suburban. The Atlanta City Council reacted swiftly to what it termed “Just one more clear example of the dangers of mixing bicycles and real traffic, and it is the motorist who is forced to live with the consequences,” with a unanimous vote to ban bicycles on all roads passing under limited access highways.
RELATED NOTE: Puzzled bicycle safety experts at Bicycle Safety Professionals of America say Jackson’s helmet must not have been adjusted properly.
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Regarding the title of this post: Let that be a lesson to tuck your shoelaces inside your shoe when you bike! More headlines like that at Pro Bicycle Devil’s Advocate.