A Denver bike patrol officer was Just Riding Along when he was hit by a right turning pickup truck on Colfax Avenue in a SMIDSY incident.
According to Denver news sources, two officers were biking westbound on Colfax across Lafayette Street in the crosswalk when one of the policemen was hit by a northbound Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. The officer was thrown from the bike and sprained his knee in the fall.
The driver had a stop sign on Lafayette and failed to check both ways before making his turn onto Colfax. If I’ve pictured this correctly, the officers were riding in the sidewalk on the wrong side of the road. Sidewalk riding is generally illegal in Denver, though police officers are exempted from this rule. Under Colorado state law, cyclists in the crosswalk are treated as pedestrians. In my experience, Colorado Front Range drivers do poorly in respecting pedestrian space and yielding right-of-way at occupied crosswalks.
The injured policeman is expected to recover. The driver of the Tacoma was ticketed for “careless driving.”