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2 Bicyclists Struck in Fayetteville

Posted March 25, 2008

— Authorities responded to two separate wrecks involving bicyclists Tuesday morning.

Michael Hawkins, 47, was injured after he tried to cross Raeford Road on his bike and stopped in the inbound travel lane, police said. The traffic traveling in the inbound lane had the green light.

A Kia sport utility vehicle driven by Joyce Bryant, 58, hit Hawkins. He then hit the windshield, police said. Hawkins and Bryant were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

No charges were filed.

Another bicyclist was hit on Cliffdale Road near Bone Creek Road Tuesday morning. Police declined to release more information about that wreck.


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  • groffpaul Mar 28, 2008

    There will always be occasional construction, cars, or bikes that may slow down traffic. Are we always in such a rush? There are safe ways to deal with every situation. As far as road users go, people riding bicycles are helping our environment and I always give them the respect they deserve. I don't understand the us versus them mentality or considering a person on a bicycle as someone who is engaging in an activity that is significantly more dangerous than driving a car. When I have been behind groups of riders I have noticed that after a while they will signal when it is safe to pass them. I find this hypothetical situation of avoiding a head-on collision so far fetched, akin to school children at a bus stop that you would "have to run over" if you had to avoid a head on collision? It would be better if their parents drove them to school instead of leaving them by the dangerous road (ridiculous right?).

  • brucewr Mar 27, 2008

    FYI: Bob Mionske has written the "Legally Speaking" column (about cycling and the law) in VeloNews for several years. I've found his articles to be both interesting and educational.

  • brucewr Mar 27, 2008

    Unfortunately, the Dept. of Transportation is not a good source of information about the actual laws (or best practices) regarding bicycling. For a detailed critique of their information, please browse the following page and click on the link (on the right side) to:

    "Critique of NCDOT Guide to NC Bicycle and Pedestrian Laws" (the PDF is about 100 KB in size).

  • brucewr Mar 27, 2008

    In regards to the law; law enforcement officers don't always interpret the law correctly (one reason why we have courts) and sometimes judges don't either (which is why there are higher courts with multiple judges).

    There are no special rules of the road in the NC statutes for adult cyclists, with one exception (which allows racing under certain special conditions).

    I encourage interested readers to do what I did: search the statutes themselves.

    "Definitions", in statute 20‑4.01, include the following under '(49) Vehicle'; "...every rider of a bicycle upon a highway shall be subject to the provisions of this Chapter applicable to the driver of a vehicle except those which by their nature can have no application."

    "Part 10. Operation of Vehicles and Rules of the Road" starts at statute 20-138.

    "Part 10A. Operation of Bicycles." begins with 20-171.1.

  • caselawz28 Mar 27, 2008

    No Rev. RB - this demonstrates further the incompetency of our police, and judicial system apparently. You do not need my piece of paper congratulating me on three years of professional school to read the plain letter of the law.

    Further, while it is academic, all people - cars, trucks, bicycles - have the PRIVILEGE of riding on the road; not a right.

    To quote someone in this thread: "You made more [incorrect] assumptions in your short diatribe[s] than I've seen in a long time; doing so with unclear data just makes you look foolish."

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Mar 27, 2008

    I'm always surprised by those who would rather kill me than wait 30 seconds to pass. How do people with this level of impatience handle stoplights, school buses, and cars waiting to turn.

    I choose to ride within the same traffic laws cars do. I have occassionally seen the need to pull over and let traffic pass, but most often cars can pass safely within 10 seconds. Luckily the vast majority of drivers are very nice when I'm biking.

    While some complain we bike on narrow, back country roads, others complain when we ride on wide main roads. I ride where I need to go and choose the safest alternative.

    BTW, my son can ride his tricycle 2-3 mph.

  • slugolicious Mar 26, 2008

    sww1rb - "it was if faced with a decision about a head-on collision, I would hit the bikers instead, and anyone who says they won't either doesn't understand or isn't being honest."

    So if we don't agree with your opinion, we're dishonest? That's a bit egotistical. Does anyone not agree with Spock? "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." You'd kill a group of bikers rather than live with the consequences of your poor decision to make an unsafe motor vehicle maneuver? Every life is precious. I hope the 'Rev' in your signature doesn't really mean Reverend. Spouting off 'facts' that are hearsay from others rather than investigating the original source and then saying you'd rather mow down innocent people and closing with 'God bless' seems a bit blasphemous.

  • Gooseye Mar 26, 2008

    Rev. RB - Why don’t you go here - www.ncdot.org/transit/bicycle/laws/laws_intro.html and educate yourself about the actual laws regarding bicycles in NC, not cops or judges. Frankly, I would never trust a cop to dispense legal advice to me, they are not lawyers and many times their interpretation of laws is outdated or just plain wrong. And I’m sure your judge friend, if you did indeed ask them, gave you an off the cuff response about their interpretation of bicycle laws. I doubt they even took the time to research your question. If I were a busy judge, unless it was a current case, I wouldn’t take time out of my busy schedule to research laws for you that I know you could find yourself with a 2 second google search.
    Peace out

  • Adelinthe Mar 26, 2008

    Gooseye - "...based on the "chance" that you might get rear ended or involved in a head-on collision..."

    I never said anything about chance; it was if faced with a decision about a head-on collision, I would hit the bikers instead, and anyone who says they won't either doesn't understand or isn't being honest.

    Things happen every day that are unplanned. Passing a bevy of bikers who have been holding up traffic for near an hour on a windy road is a chance that both the driver and the bikers take, but it seems some of the bikers either don't know that or don't care.

    Just take a ride out my way one day. It's like parade of parade of bikers, often at 5 pm. Can they not plan their trips better? Or their routes to wider roads? Do they not realize the chances they're taking???

    And some drivers of cars are little better, weaving through traffic. And when bad drivers meet bicycle riders with bad judgement, it all hits the fan, but the car driver gets blamed.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Gooseye Mar 26, 2008

    Rev. RB - And no, I won't take a few rides out to Lake Wheeler, Penny Road and Yates Mill Pond, since I don't have any business that would put me out there in the first place. Anyway, I'm sure it's your "perception" that cyclists are going 2-3 mph or whatever out on those roads. If you’re passing a cyclist going 20 and your doing 60 or 70 then it's going to seem like their standing still.
    Riding a bicycle on public roads isn’t any more a “privilege” than the privilege you get to operate your motor vehicle on public roads as well. You also get the “privilege” of holding a driver’s license to operate that motor vehicle.
    You’re not the only person on the road, and the sooner you change this me-first mentality, the sooner you’ll understand that the road is there for everyone to share equally. If not, then I suggest you start taking the bus.