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Police Blotter: Bicyclist hits bike-lane builder

February 17th, 2011 by tristan baurick

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This week, a bicyclist ran down and hospitalized a woman as she worked to make bicycling safer on Bainbridge.

Blotter’s below.

Feb. 10
Hit-and-run: A piece of plywood left the bed of a truck traveling on Highway 305 and struck a Bremerton female’s car just before 2:45 p.m. The plywood caused damage to the driver’s side door of the car. The south-bound truck did not stop. It was described as a small black pickup.

Feb. 9
Hit-and-run: A bicyclist struck and injured a female flagger as she worked on North Madison Avenue shortly after 3:30 p.m. North-bound traffic had been temporarily stopped as work crews constructed a bicycle lane on the uphill portion of North Madison. The flagger said the bicyclist went around the waiting automobiles and was riding through the closed work area. The flagger, a Bremerton resident, said she waved her stop sign and stepped into the roadway to stop the bicyclist. The bicyclist struck the flagger and they both fell to the ground. The bicyclist immediately got up and pedaled away from the scene. The flagger suffered back, head and arm injuries, and was transported to a hospital.

Drunk driving: A Bainbridge male was arrested for drunk driving on Highway 305 in Suquamish just after 12:15 a.m. Clearwater Casino staff alerted police that the suspect was leaving the casino in an intoxicated state. Suquamish police pulled the suspect over on the north side of the Agate Pass Bridge after observing his vehicle fail to stop for a red light. A Bainbridge officer assisted with the arrest. She noted that the suspect had the strong odor of alcohol and admitted to having a few gin drinks at the casino. After failing a field sobriety test, the suspect was taken to the county jail in Port Orchard.

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7 Responses to “Police Blotter: Bicyclist hits bike-lane builder”

  1. Sharon OHara Says:

    “The bicyclist immediately got up and pedaled away from the scene…”

    There is another good reason for a bike license. The rider would be found sooner if bikes were licensed. L hope they find the rider and that the flag person will be okay.
    Sharon O’Hara

  2. Gus Says:

    Dumb idea on the part of the flagger stepping in front of a moving cyclist. 2-way radios are standard issue for flaggers I understand. What prevented her from using it to report the cycling subject to the proper authorities?? Definitely an accident which could have & should have been avoided.

    This is an unfortunate incident & absolutely the kind of negative publicity the biking community does not need as the season gets underway with Chilly Hilly.

  3. Gary Yngve Says:

    That is not a good reason for a bike license. Your argument is like “let’s ban guns because people use guns for murdering.” (And there are far more murders than pedestrians hit by cyclists.) The negative effects of bike licenses on a whole population far outweigh the supposed benefit from being able to track the very few. (And it’s been shown numerous times that bike licenses are pointless bureaucracy and cost more money to administer than would be a fair fee.)

  4. Mark Petry Says:

    it’s unfortunate and pretty irresponsible action by the cyclist. I ride my bike a lot on Bainbridge and those flaggers have always been pretty good to me. You stop, then you go. No biggie. But a bike license would not have prevented this incident, nor would it make finding the cyclist any easier.

  5. Gorfian Empire Says:

    “she waved her stop sign and stepped into the roadway to stop the bicyclist… The flagger suffered back, head and arm injuries”

    Hey lady, force equals mass times veloc… who am I kiddin’, I’m talking to someone who stands all day long holding a stop sign.

  6. MarkB Says:

    Too bad this rider couldn’t be found/caught — needs to be beat with the bike. Some things, you just don’t do….. (BTW, I’m a rider, too, and I volunteer for first swing)

    For the flag person — a good move would have been, upon recognizing the rider wasn’t stopping, a side kick to the front wheel would stop him.

  7. Amy Says:

    Typical of bicycle commuters, in my experience. They think STOP signs don’t apply to them and know that as long as they can ride away, they’ll never see any consequences. If licensing them is too expensive to justify, there must be something we can do to be able to hold people accountable for bad bicycle behavior.

    I’ve considered knocking one bad-cyclist over before, but that would only get me in trouble. There must be a solution. I know lots of great cyclists, but the bad seeds are always the ones I think of first.

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