How to handle a motorcycle accident on a crowded bike path

  • July 25, 2021

The morning commute is a chaotic mess for people riding bikes on a busy, suburban street.

It is especially difficult for those on foot. 

One woman, who declined to give her last name, told USA TODAY that she was in a bike accident with her mother, who was also riding. 

The woman said the two women were riding along South Boulevard in front of a grocery store and had been following each other for about five minutes. 

As the woman’s mother and another woman were riding alongside, the woman and her mother began to make eye contact. 

“I was like, ‘Oh, yeah, I’m here,'” the woman said. 

That’s when the woman says she heard a thud and then felt a sharp force on her backside. 

She said the force pushed her off her bike and slammed into the curb. 

‘I was crying, I was screaming’ The woman called 911, and paramedics rushed to the scene. 

A man in the crowd who witnessed the accident, who asked not to be identified, said he saw a woman on her knees on the sidewalk with blood coming out of her face. 

“(She) was bleeding from her nose and she was crying,” the man said.

“I was yelling to her, ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t know you were in there, I couldn’t help you.'” 

The man said he was driving by the scene when he saw the woman lying on the ground and said to himself, “If only I was her mom.”

The man went to the emergency room, and after a few tests, was diagnosed with a broken rib, a fractured skull and a laceration to the left temple. 

Doctors told the man that it could have been worse.

“It’s a little bit scary,” he said.

In an interview with USA TODAY, the man, who lives in an upscale neighborhood, said the woman was riding her bike with a helmet on, and she looked “pretty bad.” 

“She was pretty scared and a little upset, and then I realized I was right there,” the woman told USA Today. 

He added that he was concerned about the other woman in the car because she was wearing a helmet. 

After the woman recovered, the hospital and police arrived. 

On Sunday, police arrested two men who were riding bikes along South Avenue, including one man who told investigators he was “biking around” and didn’t see the crash, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. 

In the days since, the police department said they have arrested four people who were “bicyclists” in violation of the law.

The department also released a video of the woman being taken into custody and is urging people to watch it, as well.

“It is a very serious injury, and we are asking that you please do not ride with your bike on a public street, especially on a day like today,” the Minneapolis Police Department wrote in the video.

“The video does not portray what happened, and it does not reflect what is happening in the street.”

Police also urged people not to “ignore” the incident. 

“[I] just hope this can encourage more people to be mindful of cyclists and what they do on a daily basis,” said Officer Anthony Gentry, who led the operation.

“Hopefully, we will be able to put some of those incidents behind us.”