Around 5.20pm Monday May 2 2011 a cyclist traveling east on Bearinger was struck just about 75 meters from the Albert Street intersection. The vehicle was making a left-hand turn into the small plaza from Bearinger.
It was a good thing the cyclist was wearing a helmet, it was crushed and the cyclist managed to stand up and walk around. Although it did take a while as he was kept immobile until emergency services showed up.
I didn’t see the collision but saw the emergency vehicles arrive as I was leaving my work place. I walked down and chatted with a few eye witnesses who were getting ready to give statements to police.
It’s unfortunate that our bike lanes don’t make us safer.
[Update – May 3 2011: An esteemed colleague dropped by this morning whose wife was an eye witness and stopped on her bike to call 911. The situation is not as black and white as originally reported. There was a line of stopped vehicles lined up for a red light on bearinger. The line of vehicles left a gap for vehicles to turn left into the plaza entrance. The cyclist was travelling down the bike lane beside stopped traffic when he was struck by the left turning car.
According to the eye-witness account the cyclist was unconscious for at least 2 minutes. When he came to he was obviously disoriented and had trouble remembering his name and age (although he pointed to where he worked). He refused to take the ambulance to the hospital. I hope he’s ok today!]
The map below is dated, road has been resurfaced and now has a designated bike lane, however in front of the plaza entrance the bike lane line is dotted.