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Bicyclist hit by car in Durham

Posted September 10, 2012

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— A Duke University student was injured Monday morning when her bicycle was struck by a car, authorities said.

The student, whose name was not released, was hit at the intersection of Morreene and Erwin roads in Durham shortly before 7 a.m.

She was taken to Duke Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

No other information was released.

 

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  • Voice of Reason 23 Sep 12, 2012

    "@Voice of Reason, if you were truly “looking out for the safety of those on the highway” as you say, doesn’t it seem smart to go to the source of the problem? …the speeders?"

    how is a private citizen driving along in their car going to go after the speeders? If you are driving in your car and want to make things safer for everyone, keep to the right if you are going slower than traffic. You can't stop speeders; you aren't a law enforcement officer.

  • btneast Sep 11, 2012

    "All licensed vehicles MUST have...turn signals" - Dan Cooper

    ..hand signals are a legal substitute.

  • btneast Sep 11, 2012

    Must i go 15-25mph over the speed limit to make people happy?

    ...no, just move over to the right lane. If someone is that impatient behind you, you really want them as far away as possible from you. The odds of them having an accident are higher, so let them get by and get gone.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 11, 2012

    @Voice of Reason said, “Same thing applies to cycling. Move over to the shoulder when it's safe and let people by.”

    Even though we don’t have to do this, we usually do when able. We don’t want trouble.

    But again, there are tons of law-breakers trying to pass us on blind curves and blind hills, so sometimes we take up space to prevent that and to be safe. When cars still pass us illegally and dangerously, and they do this more than you think, guess where this car goes if another car is coming the other way? Yep, right into & over us.

    Now, I drive my 18-wheeler as fast as I want everywhere I go. And, I pass your “too slow for me” car on a blind curve, but someone is coming in the other lane. Guess whose tin-can will be crushed like a grape and smushed into the ditch?

    So, who is the bad guy in my scenario? It’s me and my speeding, illegally-passing 18-wheeler, right?

    Can you see how it’s exactly the same with bicycles and cars?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 11, 2012

    @Voice of Reason, if you were truly “looking out for the safety of those on the highway” as you say, doesn’t it seem smart to go to the source of the problem? …the speeders?

    I mean, you know that even if someone is driving the speed limit in the left lane, the only reason that this is a problem is because people piling up behind him are breaking the law.

    Yes, he should still keep right when not passing (this irks me too), but **if there are no speeders, there’s no problem**.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 11, 2012

    @DanCooper, so you don't have a problem with bicycles on the road? Then, why did you say, "All licensed vehicles MUST have lights, horn, turn signals, do most bikes-NO!!"? Did u know at night, bicycles must have lights?

    And, for all intents and purposes, bicycles ARE equal users of the road, so your comment, "Get off this bikes are people too kick, you're equality fight isn't a safe one!" makes no sense. Your tiny car is not equal to my 18-wheeler...that could crush a sedan like the tuna can that it is. What on earth is your point? ...that you're bigger than some vehicles and that those vehicles need to "stay out of your way"? I guess you've never practiced The Golden Rule and my 18-wheeler example is completely lost on you.

    But my biggest shock is that you clearly don't understand the rules of the road and refuse to read the NC Driver's Manual to correct your incorrect thinking. It seems that Good Neighbors/Good Drivers would want to learn and improve themselves. (shrug)

  • JohnnyMcRonny Sep 11, 2012

    "Same thing applies to cycling. Move over to the shoulder when it's safe and let people by." - Voice of Reason 23

    Though I do this, it isn't required. Often the should comes to an end (at bridges for example) or is full of gravel. Avoiding this can cause a swerve which, since the cyclist has priority in the lane, is okay. But drivers behind may not be so attentive to the fact someone is cycling on the shoulder and that obstructions may arise.

    Having said that, my recent two-hour ride along 70 (rural) was just fine. I road the shoulder where I could and all but one motorists that passed me did so appropriately. Unfortunately, I have only come across one driver to-date that does one thing required by law - make an audible sound to indicate that you are approaching from behind, e.g., a tap on the horn. I've tried mirrors but feel quite unsafe using them.

  • Voice of Reason 23 Sep 11, 2012

    "I mean, if you’re speeding…you may want to notice that you’re breaking the law. So, it’s hypocritical for you to insist that someone else must follow the law. It’s like calling the cops when someone steals the wallet you just pickpocketed"

    Actually - I was looking out for the safety of those on the highway. I'm not the person in the left lane tailgating them. However, I am the person who will get caught up in the huge mess when there's an accident because of some person thinking they are going plenty fast to ride the left lane, and someone with too much testosterone rearends them by accident. If you are going significantly slower than everyone else, and it's safe to do so, move over to the right lane. Same thing applies to cycling. Move over to the shoulder when it's safe and let people by.

  • JohnnyMcRonny Sep 10, 2012

    "All licensed vehicles MUST have...turn signals" - Dan Cooper

    Wrong.

    For someone spouting the odds about NC law, you are hopelessly ill-informed.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 10, 2012

    Voice of Reason 23 said, “if you are going slower than prevailing traffic, you aren't supposed to be in the left lane, clogging traffic. “

    There’s no honor among thieves, is there?

    I mean, if you’re speeding…you may want to notice that you’re breaking the law. So, it’s hypocritical for you to insist that someone else must follow the law. It’s like calling the cops when someone steals the wallet you just pickpocketed.

    Now, if both of you are under the Maximum Safe Speed Limit, then you can whine all you want…but you still can’t tailgate or try to intimidate that driver to move. Otherwise, you’re endangering yourself and every other driver around you by speeding, tailgating, inciting Road Rage, etc.

    So next time you’re behind a left-lane squatter, look at your speed. Under the limit?...cuss all you want, but back off. Over the limit?...keep your trap shut and back off.

    Sheesh. It's no wonder that bicycles don't get respect from you.

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