BIKE ACCIDENT ~ WOODLANDS RESIDENTS LISTEN UP!!!
Today had been a typical day for me here in The Woodlands. Things changes in a blink of an eye however as I was heading home at the end of the day.
For those of you who live in our beautiful community, you know we have hundreds of miles of hike and bike trails winding throughout the area. At almost any intersection in The Woodlands, there are visible crossings for these bike paths.
As motorists, we are to always keep our vehicles BEHIND the crossing lines. Unfortunately time and again I see cars way over the line where a cyclist, runner or walker is forced to go way around the car to get across the intersection.
What I witnessed today was a perfect example of why it is SO VERY IMPORTANT to make sure that you do not pull up past the lines marking the hike & bike trails. LOOK again before turning!
When I pulled up to the intersection today, I noticed a woman on a bicycle to my right. I was preparing to turn Right. The light was red.
The woman on the bike proceeded to pass in front of me and then I heard the scream!. As I looked to my left, the car in the left lane pulled out to make a left turn and hit the woman on the bike.
I pulled into a parking lot and headed over to the scene. Obviously shaken, the woman was beside herself as was the driver of the car. What a mess.
We stayed with the injured woman until she was transported and answered questions by the officers who had arrived on the scene.
The good news is that this woman will be alright. She sustained injuries to her lower leg and abdomen where the bike handles dug into her.
My lesson learned today - look AGAIN before proceeding ahead. As a runner, I am constantly aware of how motorists in our area pay little attention to the path crossings.
DRIVERS - PLEASE BE CAREFUL! We are fortunate to live in an area that provides us with these great pathways. Please take extra precaution when passing through these pathways and keep your eyes peeled for pedestrians and cyclists.
We live in a very active community and the nice weather now is bringing everyone out! Take heed and be safe!