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Durham teen hit by car while riding bike

Posted August 24, 2014

A Durham teenager was hospitalized Sunday night after he was hit by a car while riding a bike near the intersection of Gray Avenue and Geerwood Street, Durham police said.
The teen's condition was not immediately known. He was taken to the hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries, authorities said.
No further information was available Sunday night.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 26, 2014

    ALEXIA said, “It is very risky to be out on a road on a bike, particularly one where the speed limit is 45 or higher.”

    It’s only risky around impatient, distracted, ignorant drivers.

    Alexia said, “passing people on bikes...is absolutely a frustration me and many have”

    Read your Driver’s Manual and your questions will be answered and your frustration will melt away.

    Alexia said, “It's even more lovely popping over a hill to discover them in the road in front of you.”

    “Discovery” almost always happens only if you’re coming around a blind corner too fast and you’re not driving defensively. Think stopped school bus...slow mail truck...garbage truck...farmer on tractor... around every corner. Always. That’s Defense.

    Alexia said, “Deer die this way, too.”

    The fact that you’re comparing legal road vehicles to wild animals tells us how you really feel about non-cars on “your” roads. Please stop your selfish behavior.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 26, 2014

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    Absolutely. Many, many of us do. Meanwhile, everyone (and I mean everyone) breaks multiple laws every time they drive a car, whether they know it or not. (ask any cop) If drivers were better trained and paid more attention, we could reduce the frequency of these occurrences. The selfish, I-don't-want-to-wait-for-anyone attitudes are another matter and should continue to be dealt with using Road Rage laws.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 26, 2014

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    I think "sharing the road" means not hitting cyclists, pedestrians in crosswalks, kids getting off a school bus, etc.

    Except for highways, Bicycle Rights = Car Rights. Both must obey all traffic laws. Both must yield to the other as described by law.

    If drivers actually drove the way they were trained, we wouldn't be having this conversation. Drivers agreed to follow the laws and now they're whining about what they agreed to...because it makes them pay full attention to the road and requires that they give other people the rights they claim for themselves. If that's too much, please stop driving before you hurt someone.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 26, 2014

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    Um, what law do you think was "changed"? Bicycles have been around longer than automobiles and we have always had full rights to the road...before they were roads.

    Regardless, do you not yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk because your car is bigger & heavier than them? Of course not. But, yes, it pays to an alert pedestrian, because there are loads of ignorant and selfish drivers out there who will run over you in a heartbeat. Same for bicycles, school buses with lights on, garbage trucks, mail vehicles, etc.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 26, 2014

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    You must not see any car drivers. Anywhere. Ever.

  • Alexia Proper Aug 25, 2014
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    "The accident happened shortly after 9 p.m." says N&O, so it was likely dark.

    I'm not "embracing driver ineptitude", but merely stating the "how it is". It is very risky to be out on a road on a bike, particularly one where the speed limit is 45 or higher. The particular street where the boy was hit actually has a 25 MPH limit, but I'll venture to guess that was disregarded. It likely was an accident caused by ineptitude or carelessness. On whose part though? Hard to say. It would not surprise me if both were not partly to blame.

    As for having no problem passing people on bikes on higher-speed roads, this is absolutely a frustration me and many have. It's legal to pass, but not in a no-passing zone. Lovely meeting a cyclist out on a rural country road where the next passing zone is 3 miles down the road. It's even more lovely popping over a hill to discover them in the road in front of you.

    Deer die this way, too.

  • 68_dodge_polara Aug 25, 2014

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    My original response was to address the incorrect assumption that it was the drivers fault.

  • heelhawk Aug 25, 2014

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    I agree, it would safer if everyone (cyclist and motorists) obeyed traffic laws. I don't think that either of us disagree with that. My issue is that instead of saying all parties should obey the traffic law you jumped straight to saying the problem was cyclists, sans information, and implying that the fault lay with this teenager and not the motorist. That kind of rhetoric just fans the flames of the anti cyclist, not on my roadway, I pay taxes, I have places to go fast crowd.

  • Classified Aug 25, 2014

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    Once again, look back at each fatal bike accident and see who authorities deemed to be at fault and get back to us with that.

  • Classified Aug 25, 2014

    ALEXIA says, “So, dark out on the street riding a bike? Not a smart thing to do, really.”

    Where in the article does it say it was dark?

    ALEXIA says, “For those folks saying "share the road": this is the result of the road being shared. I don't care if it's not right. This is the way it is.”

    So being apathetic to thea problem and embracing driver ineptitude is the answer? Brilliant!

    ALEXIA says, “This is just an accident waiting to happen.”

    You’re right, as long as we have self-absorbed drivers paying attention to anything other than driving and lacking the skills to confidently operate a vehicle through a variety of environments this will continue to happen.

    ALEXIA says, “Bikes should not be allowed on any road where the speed limit is 45 or more.”

    Well they are, deal with it, or perhaps the speed limit should be lowered to accommodate our more challenged drivers. I drive the same roads as everyone else and never have ANY problem driving around cyclists. It’s