Bicycle accident, April 19, 2016
4-door Truck hit me from behind (12 oclock) , travelling south on Washington Street (street diagram below). Following being struck, had a concussion (helmet on, but struck the pavement), and was unresponsive. Bike was demolished. Subsequently I was transported via ambulance to the emergency room, fractured pelvis (2 places), multiple cut/scrape wounds. Bike was running 2 rear lights.
No ticket issued by Stillwater Police
Accident Report, April 19, 2016
Ambulance Report, April 19, 2016
6:30 am, April 19, Stillwater, OK.
Bike ride began at 1416 W. Liberty and proceeded down W. Lakeview Rd. Then proceeded onto Brooke Hollow Dr. to where it interesects with N Washington. Once on N Washington, heading was south. 251 ft south of Brooke Hollow Dr. (83 feet south of W. Brooke Ln), I was struck from behind by a truck. If the truck was travelling at 25 mph, it would have taken 6.8 seconds to travel from Brooke Hollow Dr. to the Point of Impact (POI, see diagram).
For the truck, from the point where near level driving would have been achieved (see diagram, red line), a distance of of 572 ft would have been covered at 25 mph and would have taken 15.6 seconds.
The same 15.6 seconds (working backwards) for the bike would have put me at
Brook Hollow Dr. (estimated speed of 11 mph, for a bike)When I got on to Washington Street, 0 to 11 mph in 2-3 seconds, 11 mph
from there forward, where was the pickup? ANSWER: 572.5 feet away from
At 25 mph (36.7 ft/sec) 15.6 seconds = 572.5 ft (away from POI)
Once moving from Brooke Hollow Drive onto Washington, travelling at
SHARE THE ROAD
2. A total of 4 "SHARE THE ROAD" signs are on N Washington Street from Brooke Hollow Drive to the intersection with Hall of Fame.
Stillwater Oklahoma: This picture is on Washington Street, looking North. The area marked as the supposed "bike lane" is not navigable. If the next 3 feet constitute riding as far right as possible, and the "3-Feet Please" law from that point is enforced, the actual biking lane will overlap the center of the far right lane (4-lane street).
For a city that wants to be "bike friendly" where exactly is the biker supposed to ride? The sidewalk is obviously an option, but untenable with runners/walkers/pedestrians.
A. Truck Speed: 30 mph, = 44 feet/second
(From Brooke Hollow Dr, to impact, at 30 mph took 5.7 seconds) (251 feet)
B. Truck Speed: 25 mph, = 36.7 feet/second (From Brooke Hollow Dr, to impact, at 25 mph took 6.8 seconds) (251 feet)
Bike Speed: 11 mph = 16.1 feet/second
Closing Speed (A): 19 mph = 27.8 feet/second
Closing Speed (B): 14 mph = 20.5 feet/second
|August 16, 2016: Fully rehabilitated, exactly 4 months later. Required vigorous exercises each and every morning. Knee bends, stretching, many exercises with two ten-pound weights.|