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Morrisville bus hits bicyclist

Posted July 10, 2012

— A recreation bus for the Town of Morrisville hit a bicyclist early Tuesday afternoon, a town spokeswoman says.

The male victim, Greg Oliver, was taken to a local hospital for treatment for bruised ribs and cuts, according to Stephanie Smith, public information officer for the town.

Smith said 14 passengers were on the bus when it hit the cyclist on Town Hall Drive at around 1:30 p.m.

No one on the bus was injured, she said.

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  • kendradad Jul 12, 12:49 p.m.

    Helmet cam? That is funny. Now you will be able to see the drivers of those evil cars doubling over in laughter at the bicycle boy uniforms that you guys wear. That is probably causing most of the near misses you claim. Be careful out there my friend.

  • iamd74 Jul 11, 6:34 p.m.

    To dirkdiggler, yes the law does say as far right as pratical, this allows for avoiding obsticales. If cyclist continue to misinterpret this, North Carolina may pass a cyclist far right law as 42 other states have done, which is far more restrictive. The slow moving vehicle rule requires cyclist to use the right lane on a multi lane road, and to stay as far right as practicable on a two lane road. This allows for riding two abreast on multi lane roads. The far right law does not.

  • dirkdiggler Jul 11, 6:31 p.m.

    "And where do you get off stating that drivers deliberately "buzz" anyone, is it your contention that ANYONE who drives only does so to seek out someone to hit??"

    Ever think maybe that actually HAPPENS? If you rode a bike on the road, you'd know this. It's kind of hard to mistake as an honest accident when the driver is tossing garbage out the window and flipping the bird as they try to run you into the ditch. And for what? Riding a bike where it's legal to ride a bike?

    If you don't think this is truly happening, YOU are the one who needs to get a grip. We've had all kinds of stuff thrown at us, including a full half gallon of milk jug.

    I am tired of following the rules of the road, only to have angry motorists intentionally try to hurt me. This is why I am now equipped with a helmet cam. Hard to deny video evidence.

    Never said ALL drivers do this. Thankfully, it's a small % of arrogant, inconsiderate drivers out there. Probably the same % of inconsiderate cyclists.

  • shortcake53 Jul 11, 5:37 p.m.

    You are allowed to pay whatever someone can get you to pay, but it IS a childs toy. And where do you get off stating that drivers deliberately "buzz" anyone, is it your contention that ANYONE who drives only does so to seek out someone to hit?? You really need to get a grip.

  • dirkdiggler Jul 11, 5:18 p.m.

    "Anyone who takes a childs toy out onto highways does not show a lot of sense."

    You're correct. Last time I checked, I wasn't blowing ten grand on a toy for my child.

    Anyone who would buzz a living human being intentionally, just for the sake of being mean doesn't show a lot of sense either. About as much sense as the people who throw bottles out their car windows at cyclists. What is the purpose of this behavior? Where do you people get off behaving in this manner? What did we do to you, other than cost you a few seconds of your precious time? Last I checked, there were plenty of things wasting my time, but I didn't feel the need to put anyone's life in danger because of it. Riding a bike on the road shouldn't equate to instant danger. If drivers had an ounce of courtesy, there wouldn't be a problem.

    And for the cyclists who DON'T obey the laws,they deserve what's coming to them. I don't deserve to be run off the road because you had a bad encounter with a bad cyclist.

  • dirkdiggler Jul 11, 5:11 p.m.

    The 2012 NCDMV Driver Handbook is also derived from the law. The driver license exam is based on the information within this book.

    The problem is NC has conflicting information within the various resources they provide folks. Can't visit your link, as it appears to contain typos, however I did dig up the link myself by visiting the NCDOT website.

    The law states the slower vehicle must move over to the right as far as 'practicable', and then goes on to state that there is no firm definition of what 'practicable' means. That in some circumstances it might be 2', and others, it might be 8'.

    Fact is, motorists must follow the law that states no passing without leaving 2' of clearance, and without 500' of visibility to oncoming traffic. If people did that, everyone would make it home alive. Sadly, most people are more concerned with mowing down anything in their way than they are with common decency and respect for fellow humans.

  • shortcake53 Jul 11, 5:00 p.m.

    Anyone who takes a childs toy out onto highways does not show a lot of sense.

  • iamd74 Jul 11, 4:47 p.m.

    To dirkdiggler, only with conditions. The hand book is not law, the slow moving vehicle rule is. Please go to the site noted, the laws are stated and explained.

  • dirkdiggler Jul 11, 4:36 p.m.

    kacj82: from the 2012 NCDMV driver's handbook, page 77:
    "Bicyclists usually ride on the right side of the lane, but are entitled to use the full lane. Pass with Care- A bicyclist staying to the right in their lane is accommodating following drivers by making it easier to see when it is safe to pass, and easier to execute the pass. Drivers wishing to pass a bicyclist may do so only when there is abundant clearance and no oncoming traffic is in the opposing lane. When passing a bicyclist, always remember the bicyclist is entitled to use of the full lane."

    http://www.ncdot.gov/download/dmv/handbooks_ncdl_english.pdf

    You, too, have the right to full lane usage.

  • kendradad Jul 11, 4:09 p.m.

    marathonk,
    Just continue to be an ant traveling on an elephant trail, I don't really care. I have enough concern about my own personal safety, to attempt such a foolish venture. I wish you well on your travels, you do have the right to ride anywhere you want, just don't cry about the almost certain outcome that has unfortunately befell many of your fellow bicycle boys. You have the law on your side, wish I could say the same regarding common sense.

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