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Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 2:11 pm, Wed Aug 24, 2011.

A 25-year-old woman was airlifted to an area hospital after being struck by a vehicle while cycling shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday. The victim, whose identity has not been released, sustained a head injury and sizable abrasion on her skull, said Officer Shad Canestrino of the Lodi Police Department.

“She had a 2- to 3-inch in diameter abrasion on the bone, and she was airlifted to Kaiser South Sacramento as a precaution,” he said. “Even though she was conscious, head injuries can become more serious if left unchecked.”

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  • Laura Rouzer posted at 12:40 pm on Wed, Aug 24, 2011.

    Laura Rouzer Posts: 57

    Riding your bike in town does carry certain risks but if you do it responsibly, it cuts back on the danger. Cyclists need to remember that there is a bike lane for them to use and to stay inside the white line, not on it or in traffic and to acknowledge traffic signs just like motorists.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 7:24 am on Wed, Aug 24, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2108

    Mizzo and Jerry, it is ILLEGAL to ride a bike on the sidewalk. The only time a cyclist should be on the sidewalk is when the road is blocked. It sounds like this lady wold have been in a much better situation this morning if she had just followed the law, rode with a helmet, NOT cross against the light and NOT be towed by another vehicle. Riding a bike is just like driving a car, your safety is your responsibility. If you take risks, are inattentive and assume someone sees you then you WILL be in an accident.

    I have been cycling since I was 6 (32 yrs now) and the only accident I have ever been in was me being stupid. On the other hand I have had many cars over the years see how close they can get to me. The occasional teen drive as close as they can get and the passenger scream as they go by trying to cause an accident.

    And you complain about them go thru stop signs, but have you driven around the area here? A lot of cars run stop signs as well. Now lights are a different beast. There are some lights in the area that don't pick up cyclists so we have to either sit there until a stray car comes and sets off the light for us or look for a chance to blow thru the light. Armstrong/ Lower Sac is bad at that. Harney too, but it is better traveled. Tokay lights all along the road, Vine too.

  • Jerry Bransom posted at 7:01 am on Wed, Aug 24, 2011.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 364

    Mizzo I have to agree. I see them every day running stop signs and driving foolishly with no helmet, even as the Lodi Police drive by and ignore them. I load my bike on the car and haul it to areas much safer than Lodi. Maybe this is Darwinism but it sure puts pressure & confusion on a law abiding citizen.

  • mizzo roberts posted at 6:42 am on Wed, Aug 24, 2011.

    mizzo roberts Posts: 59

    Bicycles belong OFF the road. The roads are for cars ! It is safer to ride bicycles on the sidewalks! That is where I ride mine. If I encounter people on the sidewalk, I stop to let them pass. You wont catch me in the dangerous roadway. The bike "lanes" are a joke. The autos completely ignor the white lines.



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