Bicyclist Struck On Greenville Street

A bicyclist was hit on a busy Greenville street Thursday afternoon.

It happened on Greenville Boulevard, in front of the Factory Mattress & Bedrooms store around 2:15 p.m.

Initial reports say the bicyclist was struck by a pickup truck while in the middle turning lane. The bike rider, who was alert and awake, was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

The fire department says the person's primary injuries are to one of their legs.

Police and rescue vehicle have since cleared the scene, and all lanes of Greenville Boulevard are again open to traffic.


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  • by Maurice W. Location: Greenville on Dec 29, 2009 at 08:06 PM
    I am a dedicated cyclist in Greenville. I commute to work by bike everyday, many of you have probably passed me riding on the sidewalk down Arlington and I do simply because I don't want to die. Respect for cyclists for most in this neck of the woods is a new concept for many. Most people around here believe that cyclists belong on the sidewalk, not on the roads, and will honk, scream, pass within inches of you, etc. If this were an ideal world, we would all perfectly respect each other and obey the laws, but things do not happen that way. To avoid a collision between myself and an automobile it is wise and safest to ride on the sidewalks because nobody uses them. Maybe five days a month, I pass someone on the sidewalk when I ride down Arlington Blvd. And when I do, because my top speed is somewhere around 15 mph, it's easy for me to slow down, stop, let them pass, or simply ride around them. Motorists here are not friendly to cycle commuters, so I use them sidewalk. Sue me.
  • by to Anonymous at 3:50 Location: Greenville on Dec 18, 2009 at 08:24 PM
    Anon at 3:50, _you_ could use a bike safety course! Everybody: always ride WITH the flow of traffic. Riding against traffic is the single most dangerous thing you can do on the road. Drivers will NOT see you when they're turning -- they're not expecting anyone to come from the wrong direction! 90% of bike/car collisions happen at a driveway or intersection. As for "pedestrian turns" (getting off the bike and walking across an intersection): they're legal, but not usually good. You then have to merge back into the lane, which is dangerous. It's generally better to use the turn lane, as long as you signal and change lanes carefully -- the same way you do when you drive a car. Again, here are the NC DOT's rules: http://www.ncdot.org/transit/bicycle/safety/Bike_Month/safety_STR_reminder.html It's hard to say what happened in this particular case without more information, but from the Reflector article it sounds like the cyclist wasn't obeying the rules of the road. Bike on, bike safe!
  • by To " I want to bike" Location: Greenville on Dec 18, 2009 at 07:49 PM
    "I want to bike": you're not alone! Greenville has two new League of American Bicyclists instructors (I'm one of them), and we'll be teaching classes soon. Look us up at http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/education/course_schedule.php . We'll show you how to ride safely, legally, and confidently. We're both daily commuters and can help you find the best routes. Also, Greenville's Bike Friendly Task Force has been working to help people get around town by bike; the soon-to-be-appointed Bicycle-Pedestrian Commission will make that work official. Join us! The BFTF meets on the fourth Friday of each month (not Dec., though), 5pm, at City Hall. Meanwhile: Winterville to ECU is tricky, but possible. From Memorial, around Home Depot, you can go through Westhaven, via Baywood and Landmark, cross Greenville Blvd at Walmart, then down Hooker to Dickinson to downtown (or Hooker to Howell to Pitt to 14th to Rock Spring). Or you can take Fire Tower to 14th to Elm. I ride both routes often.
  • by John S. Location: Greenville on Dec 18, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    It is statistically proven that if a cyclist rides their bike in a predictive and obvious manner, and follows the same rules as a car (which is the law) they are safer than if they ride unpredictably on or off sidewalks or against traffic etc. If it is safer to ride on sidewalks, why did the cyclist get killed in Greenville last spring while crossing from sidewalk to sidewalk? Bikes are here and are not going away; people in cars need to own up to the responsibility that they are driving machines that kill people every day in some fashion or another. They can kill a pedestrian crossing a street or any other non-vehicle protected individual. Not being in a car is OK, and that “RIGHT” should be protected from the Jimmy, Joe, or Sally that texting or talking on their phone, booming their stereo, oblivious to the reality existing outside. Driving is a great responsibility, and that responsibility means you have the power over life and death. That is reality.
  • by Steven Location: Farmville on Dec 18, 2009 at 11:42 AM
    There are many things we all can do to make our roads safer for all of us (e.g. widen them, lower the speed limits, install modern roundabouts, better lighting, more bike lanes and cleaning the ones we have, traffic enforcement, etc.) but the most important thing is to respectfully share the lane because both cars and bikes belong.
  • by To Anon @ 3:50 on Dec 18, 2009 at 07:07 AM
    I thought you rode a bike WITH traffic and walked against traffic?!
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Dec 17, 2009 at 08:51 PM
    Omg... when I lived in the Bay area, cyclists were the bane of our existence sometimes. They have this STUPID thing called "Critical Mass" they do every blasted month in San Francisco, where the cyclists flood the streets and block traffic as an ignorant attempt at a "demonstration"... What they are trying to achieve is really difficult to fathom, and it causes violent confrontations. All they do is make ppl hate them more. Hey, I have always owned a bike myself, but I learned how to ride it correctly and safely. While it's true some drivers need to remember bicycles are on the road too, a lot of cyclists need to remember they are outmatched in a collision, by far. While I realize the law says you can use that turn lane, *I DON'T*! Go to the corner, wait, and walk it if u have to - that's really what you're supposed to do for safety. Personally, I usually ride rather than walk, but I cross at the crosswalks, not in the car lanes. If I'm not in a car, I don't act like I am.
  • by cj on Dec 17, 2009 at 07:47 PM
    I hope that this biker is ok and that it will not scare more people away from bicycling. It is a great and quick way to get around to shop in Greenville and healthy for you, too. I just wish more stores had bike racks instead of those huge parking lots we all pay millions for.
  • by state laws on Dec 17, 2009 at 07:19 PM
    Because of the misinformation posted here, I looked up the state laws on bikes and you can read for yourself at http://www.ncdot.org/transit/bicycle/safety/Bike_Month/safety_STR_reminder.html
  • by I want to bike on Dec 17, 2009 at 07:10 PM
    I am tired of paying so much for a car, insurance, parking, and gas etc while I know that I am polluting the environment and destroying the planet every time I turn that oil burning beast on-but could someone tell me how to safely commute to campus on my bike? Arlington is signed that it is a bike route but there are no lanes and I read here that I am not supposed to be on the sidewalks. So if Greenville pays millions for every mile of road for cars, why can't it afford some paint for bike lanes so we can all be safer, healthier, and less addicted to oil? What is the best and safest way to ride from Winterville to ECU campus and back?
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