Friday, August 11, 2017

Milwaukie Police Department Urges Drivers And Cyclists To Take Extra Caution

MILWAUKIE POLICE DEPARTMENT URGES DRIVERS AND CYCLISTS TO TAKE EXTRA CAUTION


News Release from Milwaukie Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: August 11th, 2017 5:32 PM
During this morning's commute, two separate collisions between a bicycle and a car occurred in Milwaukie. Fortunately, no one suffered any major injuries.

The first incident occurred about 6:30 a.m. when a cyclist traveling northbound on the Trolley Trail rode through the intersection of SE River Rd. and McLoughlin Blvd. The cyclist did not stop at the traffic signal and was hit by a driver turning right onto McLoughlin Blvd.

Both the cyclist and the driver stayed at the scene of the accident and exchanged information. The cyclist suffered minor injuries and damage to their bicycle. The accident was reported to the police shortly after the incident occurred and no citations have been issued.

The second incident happened at 6:49 a.m. when a cyclist traveling northbound on the 17th Avenue Bicycle Path crossed the intersection of SE 17th Ave. and Waverly Dr. As a driver traveling eastbound on Waverly Dr. turned right on a green light onto 17th Ave., they collided with the cyclist, who did not stop at the intersection, but believed had the right of way at the time.

The cyclist received minor scrapes and bruises, and both the bicycle and vehicle received minor damage. No citations were issued to either party.

A total of four bicycle-motor vehicle related incidents have occurred in Milwaukie during the past week. The Milwaukie Police Department is strongly urging both drivers and cyclists to take additional safety precautions and be extra alert for one another.

"It's going to take everyone--motorists and bicyclists--being extra vigilant and keeping safety in mind to help reduce the number of these types of accidents," said Chief Steve Bartol. "With the time of year and nice weather we're enjoying, there's more people on the roads and more chances for mistakes to happen. Luckily, that didn't happen today, but the Police Department is asking everyone traveling in Milwaukie to take some extra steps to increase safety."

The Police Department is asking cyclists to:
* Always wear a helmet.
* Stay alert for potential obstacles and vehicles. Be aware of surrounding traffic.
* Obey all traffic control devices and signals.
* Ride predictably and go with the flow of traffic.
* Stay visible. Always use lights when biking at night or in low-light conditions.

The Police Department is asking drivers to:
* Always wear a seatbelt.
* Stay alert for potential cyclists, especially when driving through intersections or making turns.
* Be patient. Give cyclists extra time to ride through intersections
* Refrain from tailgating anyone riding a bicycle and allow extra room when passing.
* Check blind spots and side mirrors before making right turns for potential cyclists. Always use turn signals to give riders enough time to break.


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