RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – A cyclist was rushed to the hospital after being hit by a car on Friday morning.
Eyewitness Page Hayes was driving toward the intersection of King William Road and Westover Hills Boulevard at around 9 a.m. when she came across an alarming scene.
“I saw the person laying in the road close to the median. It looked like he or she had been hit by a car. The bike wheel was all mangled up,” said Hayes.
Medics rushed the cyclist to the hospital, leaving the bike near where it was hit. Hayes said it is time for drivers to open their eyes to people on two wheels.
“I’m concerned about the bicyclists,” said Hayes, citing too many preoccupied or hurried drivers on city roads. With the Road World Cycling Championship beginning September 19, drivers can expect to see thousands pedaling their way through Richmond.
“There are going to be a lot of people riding bikes for sure,” said Brantley Tyndall, who represents Bike Walk RVA. “It’s probably going to be the best way to get around.”
When streets close for the race, drivers will have to share the road more than ever for nine days.
“There are going to be some challenges to driving in the denser areas through the courses for sure,” Tyndall said, “but wherever you go there will be interaction between bikes and cars.
A few tips to keep cyclists and drivers safe;
- Drivers are allowed to pass slow-moving vehicles like bicycles, but must keep at least three feet away.
- A new rule in 2015- drivers are able to cross a double yellow line in order to give cyclists space as long as the road ahead is clear.
- If you’re on a bike, be predictable. Use hand signals, wear a helmet, and be as visible as possible.
As race signs and bike lanes pop up around Richmond, Tyndall wants drivers to keep one thing in mind. “Our roadways are really designed for people, whether you’re driving or biking. We’re all trying to get somewhere. When it comes to sharing the road, everyone has got to look out for each other and look out for themselves.”