Broken leg results from collision between car and bicycle
By John P. Anderson
Tuesday afternoon a cyclist was hit on the north-bound Interstate 5 onramp from Pershing Drive, on the south side of Balboa Park near Downtown. The San Diego Police Commander’s Log offers the following details:
BegDateTime: 02/11/14 16:15
Watch Commander: OFFICER DELIMITROS
Location: FLORIDA ST/PERSHING DR
Neighborhood: GOLDEN HILL
Type: SERIOUS INJURY ACCIDENT
Synopsis: An 18 year old HMA was riding his bicycle in the bike lane on westbound 1700 Pershing Dr. He swerved into the path of a Nissan 4 door driven by a 38 year old HMA. The bicyclist suffered a broken leg. Traffic Division is investigating.
My wife is a regular bicycle commuter from North Park to Downtown and was heading the opposite direction on Pershing Drive at about 4:45 PM yesterday. Riding in the bicycle lane she was nearly hit by a vehicle that attempted to make a right turn around her while she was crossing the intersection.
Continuing up Pershing to the intersection with 28th Street she was nearly hit a second time when crossing the intersection adjacent to a vehicle and a turning vehicle came around the vehicle she was beside. Upon her return home, thankfully safe and sound, she was very agitated and upset. Not only had she nearly been hit, twice, but in the first incident the driver had also angrily pointed, yelled, and given her an angry glare – clearly communicating that the cyclist was the one at fault and to blame for the near collision.
I’ve written previously about the potential that Pershing Drive has as a safe route for all modes of transport and the currently extremely dangerous hazards it presents to cyclists and pedestrians. Yesterday’s serious injury underlines the hazards and could easily have been a fatality instead of a broken leg.
I offer this personal anecdote primarily for readers that may not ever ride a bicycle. Until you’ve been on the road and experienced the heart-pumping, high-stress experience that riding on most of our streets is you probably don’t realize how scary a passing car or near collision can be. Perhaps this view into one person’s daily commute can help spread empathy and remind us to be a bit more considerate of our fellow San Diegans.
I hope the City of San Diego will take actions to make this route more safe for all with physically separated space for cyclists and pedestrians. If you drive on this road I’d also ask you to take a few extra seconds, slow down, and keep an eye out for other cars, cyclists, and people on foot. I would greatly appreciate it and I’m sure those on the road will as well. That is, excluding your fellow motorists that may find a slower speed an inconvenience and honk at or tailgate you.