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Cyclist injured in collision with bus

Posted August 5, 2008

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— A Wake County school bus collided Tuesday afternoon with a bicycle in Fuquay-Varina, Wake Schools spokesman Greg Thomas said.

There were no children on the bus when the wreck happened at 3 p.m. at the corner of Stewart Street and Ransdell Road.

The rider of the bike was taken to Western Wake Medical Center with injuries that EMS said were not life-threatening.

The driver of the school bus, Willie C. Harris, was not charged Tuesday.  However, it does appear that Harris failed to yield the right of way to the cyclist, Thomas said.

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  • svaraj38758 Aug 6, 2008

    Where are the haters, js? Its a solution to a problem that is sure to continue as more people turn to bikes. Part of it is that many streets do not have a shoulder wide enough for cyclists. A tax or fee maybe wouldn't pay for it, but would at least help supplement such a project. Sure, in most case, its the driver of a car, truck or bus that is at fault, but that is little consolation to the cyclist under the bus. The road should indeed be safe for all, but if the state doesn't have the budget to add wider shoulders to common bike corridors, then something along the order of a tax or licensing fee is the only way to accomplish that in my opinion.

  • jellybiscuit Aug 5, 2008

    Same old story eh? A cyclist gets hit and the bike haters come out of the woodwork.

    I already have a perfectly good place to ride my bike. It's called a road. Even if I didn't own a car, which I do, every product and service I purchase supports companies that pay gas taxes. Considering my bike generates zero wear on the road I think I'm paying more than my fair share.

    If you want me off the road, maybe YOU should pay some extra taxes to build a full system of bike paths. Personally, I'm fine right where I am.

  • daddyham Aug 5, 2008

    As a cyclist, I would be glad to pay the taxes/fees as Svaraj has suggested. But only on the assured condition that those monies would indeed go toward cycle paths and wider shoulders.

    The story doesn't give any details, but I would like to know:
    1. Was the cyclist in abeyance or in violation of the traffic laws?
    2. Was the school bus driver paying attention to what he/she was doing? Was the driver even aware that the cyclist was there?

    C'mon WRAL, give us some details.

  • Red Aug 5, 2008

    It's an issue of magnitude. You have a fraction of the public riding bikes than that driving cars. The costs associated with building bike paths are also a fraction of the costs related to regular roads. But the costs of bikes which range from $0 to a few thousand is barely comparable to that of your average passenger car in the tens of thousands. You'd basically have to double the price of a bike, half being in taxes to come remotely close to building a bike path system.
    In all actuality, the money for the paths we already have come from some of the same sources roads come from. The idea is to come up with a happy medium between both.

  • svaraj38758 Aug 5, 2008

    I think the state should start taxing bicycle sales to help fund bike paths on major roads and streets in NC. There just isn't much room for bicycles except in metro cities and even then many roads lack proper space. Wouldn't most cyclists pay an reasonable tax added on at the time of purchase or perhaps a license fee to help pay for paved bike paths. Even hardpacked paths would be better than nothing.