Friday, April 30, 2010
Bicyclist injured in Reston collisionThat's the headline in a Post article about a crash in Reston in which a cyclist, who was headed east on Sunrise Valley Dr toward the W&OD Trail, was struck by a motorist heading west on Sunrise Valley, turning left onto Barton Hill Rd (map). According to the Post, "The bicyclist was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital with life-threatening injuries."
This is the site of at least one other recent crash (as noted in the comments on the Post article) under the same conditions. Cyclists at this point are headed downhill going very fast. Inattentive motorists are looking for cars and trucks. The setting sun is lower in the sky and could affect visibility. However, since many cyclists ride this stretch, this motorist must have known to look for cyclists.
I ride this stretch almost daily and always watch for oncoming vehicles. I also wear bright clothing. I think it does make a difference in these situations. According to the League of American Bicyclists, oncoming vehicles turning left in front of cyclists is one of the most common causes of motorist/bike crashes.
We've discussed the crash with Reston police and we're awaiting more information. We do know the cyclist suffered closed head injuries and a collapsed lung. We haven't heard a name mentioned yet.