There’s been local discussion about a news item regarding a car-vs-bike collision in Belmont, CA. Some people apparently don’t understand what’s missing, so I’ll try to explain.
Driver makes a left-cross turn on Ralston at Chula Vista in Belmont, CA and sends a guy on a bike to the hospital. Belmont PIO takes the opportunity to remind cyclists to be careful, which I suppose is fine as far as that goes, but fails to remind those operating the more dangerous vehicle to do the same, even when the operator of the more dangerous vehicle was apparently at fault in this incident.
Take your pick on why this is so:
- Motorists are mindless dangerous beasts and beyond reason, so talking to them is a waste of time and effort. Only those of us on bikes have brains, and hence willingly receive helpful instruction.
- Motorists are presumed to be adults who know better, while infantile cyclists must always be goaded into responsible behavior.
Press release pasted below. Thank you to Mike S, who frequents these pages.
Bicyclist Injured in Collision with Motorist
Driver turned in front of bicyclist
Post Date: 04/20/2015 3:04 PM
Contact: Captain Patrick Halleran
A bicyclist was injured Saturday afternoon when he collided with a motorist, who had turned in front of him on Ralston Avenue.
On Saturday, April 18, 2014 @ approximately 1:40PM, Belmont Police and Fire units responded to a report of a collision between a motorist and a bicyclist on Ralston Avenue at Chula Vista Drive. Upon arrival, first responders found a 29 year old Belmont man lying on the ground. He was treated at the scene by Belmont Fire Department Paramedics and transported to an area hospital for non life-threatening injuries. The bicyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision and was on his cell phone. The driver, a 90 year old Belmont woman, was not injured.
The cause of the collision is still under investigation, but it appears the woman was westbound on Ralston Avenue and made a left turn onto Chula Vista Dr. and into the path of the bicyclist, who was riding eastbound on Ralston Ave.
While the California cell phone law specifically applies to motor vehicles, the Belmont Police Department would like to remind cyclists to drive defensively. Talking on a cell phone and other activities, such as carrying packages and bags can reduce your reaction time to unexpected hazards. Also, while not required for adults, wearing a helmet is always recommended.