Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tampa Area Bicyclist Killed By Motorist Sunday

A 55-year-old bicyclist was killed biking across the eastbound lanes of West Waters Avenue Sunday. SeminoleHeightsPatch.com has the story. Michael Swanson was the bicyclist's name.

There are so many motorist-bicyclist crashes in Tampa Bay that hospitals use billboards for ads showing a bicycle to drive business. Consider this billboard in Pinellas County.


Anonymous said...

I nearly got it this morning. Heading south on Central, I was the only one in the southbound "through" lane at the Hillsborough light. The light changed, I looked and started to pedal when I saw a car approaching the intersection in the center westbound lane on Hillsborough. Not stopping, but otherwise it didn't look like it was speeding. I immediately stopped, avoiding fatality path #1.

The first car in the southbound left-turn lane proceeded into the intersection, I shouted "Watch out!", and halfway into the westbound lane the left-turning car stopped. If it had proceeded into the center lane, it would have been hit, and there is a high probability that it would have spun and bounced into the spot where I was (fatality path #2), similar to one of the fatalities last year. I didn't realize this until a couple of blocks later. I would have just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The westbound motorist proceeded through the light, then slowed down. I was not watching the westbound driver, just the path of the car, but the driver obviously was not paying attention to the light.

Tampa remains a very dangerous place.

Ed Hillsman

SWFBUD said...

Man Ed, I'm glad you're alert on your bike and came away unscathed. Continuing being vigilant out there.