A bicyclist riding in the bicycle lane on Boonville — a door-zone lane — was hit by a car door last night and seriously injured. My source is a member of the STAR Team. The bicyclist is a friend of his. I have no further details. I’m looking into it.
UPDATE: The bicyclist did not strike the door. He swerved and lost control of his bicycle. He left the scene and walked his bicycle home not knowing how badly he was hurt. A friend, who is a nurse, urged him to go to the hospital. He suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs, concussion, and broken clavicle. The crash was not reported.
Here’s a shot I made of Boonville’s bicycle lanes:
Here’s the search string for “bicycle lanes” on Carbon Trace.
The Boonville lane has been in place for many years without mitigation or other means of alerting inexperienced bicyclists that it is dangerous. Further, the city has recently added door zone lanes to a short section of Fremont and along Benton from Drury University to Commercial St.
Still further, as I have reported here with video and photos, the city has painted several gutter lanes — equally dangerous. A gutter lane is a bicycle lane that includes the gutter pan as part of its width. This creates many dangers, one of them the seam between the street surface and the gutter pan. Every credible bicycling safety course — especially those taught by Cycling Savvy and the League of American Bicyclists — stresses that seams (such as those found at the edge of the street) are one of the most common hazards for bicyclists.