Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Another cyclist injured in Fairfax

This is not a good time to be a vulnerable road user. A cyclist was critically injured at Dranesville Road and Wiehle Ave in Herndon yesterday evening. Two Fairfax firefighters were then struck by an EMS supervisor in an SUV while they were helping the cyclist:
HERNDON, Va. (WUSA) -- Two Fairfax County firefighters were struck by an SUV driven by an EMS supervisor Tuesday evening as they attempted to help a cyclist who had been hit by a car. The injuries are not life threatening.

Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department spokesman Dan Schmidt says a captain responding to the crash as EMS 401 was behind the wheel of the SUV. Engine 404 and Medic 404 from Herndon were already on the scene. The EMS 401 vehicle was described as moving slowly through the area when the collision occurred.

The incident took place near the intersection of Wiehle Avenue and Dranesville Road just before 8:00 PM.

The cyclist and one of the firefighters were flown by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital. The other firefighter was taken by ground to Reston Hospital Center. Both firefighters have been treated and released. No word on the cyclist.
(From a WTOP news article with a very annoying popup ad).

So why is the county proposing to completely eliminate the bicycle program? Oh that's right, bicycles aren't used for transportation. As we said earlier, it's time for cyclists and pedestrians to demand better treatment, including restoration of funding for the bicycle program.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

10 Mistakes that Can Derail Your Bike Injury Case

Doug Landau is a personal injury attorney who handles many bicycle cases. He handled the case of eight cyclists (the MS-8) who were ticketed by Loudoun County police for not stopping at a stop sign during an MS ride this summer.

He recently published 10 Mistakes that Can Derail Your Bike Injury Case, a book about bicycle crashes, how to avoid them, and what to do when they happen. The book is available as a free download (click on the Download link under Add to Cart) or as a $12 trade paperback. We've downloaded the book and look forward to reading it.

His list of 10 mistakes: 1. Being Unprepared, 2. Failing To Get Help, 3. Not Having Any Witnesses, 4. Not Having Any Evidence, 5. Not Contacting The Authorities, 6. Failing To Follow Up, 7. Not Having "Show & Tell", 8. Failing To Document, 9. Talking Too Much…, and 10. Losing Track Of Time.

Doug's office is located in Herndon, across from Zeffirelli's restaurant, not far from the W&OD Trail.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Crashes reduced with Idaho Stop

The WashCycle has a good summary of information on the Idaho Stop law that shows that bicycle injuries declined by 14.5%. The law allows cyclists to roll through a stop sign without coming to a complete, foot-down stop:
the year after the Idaho Stop became law, bicycle injuries in the state actually declined by 14.5 percent.

Boise, home to Idaho's biggest bike population, "has actually become safer for bicyclists than other cities which don't have the law," Meggs said.

And despite what you may have thought, the law wasn't promoted by cyclists in Idaho, it was judges.

Carl Bianchi, a retired administrative director of Idaho's state courts who is widely considered the father of the Idaho Stop, said it was traffic judges -- not cyclists -- who pushed for the idea in 1982.

Police were ticketing bike riders for failing to come to a complete, foot-down stop. Judges, however, saw "technical violations" clogging up their courts.

"We recognized that the realities of bicycling were a lot different than driving a car," Bianchi said.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Witnesses sought in Vienna bike crash

On Tuesday morning, April 28, at around 7:30 a.m. a cyclist was hit by a person driving a gray Subaru at the intersection of Park St and Maple Ave (Route 123). This is the intersection next to the small shopping strip that contains Noodles and Co., Chipotle, etc. The cyclist was riding through the crosswalk on the southeast side of Maple Ave (same side as Noodles and Co.), headed southwest away from Tysons. The traffic signal was red for the motorist in the Subaru, who turned right and struck the cyclist.

Anyone who has information about this crash please contact us. The cyclist was injured and is asking anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward.

This is the second bike crash we've heard about on Maple Ave. in the past two weeks. Another cyclist was injured when colliding with a motorist turning right onto Maple Ave. at Mill St. In both cases cyclists were riding against traffic on a sidewalk. This is the same location where David Marsden was killed in 2005.

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