On Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 at approximately 4:30 PM, a young cyclist was riding east on Maple St. going through the intersection at Michigan Avenue. A northbound vehicle which had stopped for the stop sign, proceeded through the intersection and struck the cyclist. The female driver got out of her vehicle and said something like, “I was stopped and you’re supposed to stop. It’s not my fault”. She then got back in her Van/SUV and left. The young lad who was struck suffered minor scrapes and bruises to his legs, arms and hip. The teen got up and went home and told his mother who called police. The driver is described as a woman in her 40’s or 50’s, with brown hair. She spoke with a European accent. The vehicle was described as a burgundy or purple van or SUV. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact us at 519-969-5210.
Remember: Safe Cyclists + Safe Drivers = Fun & Enjoyable Summer For All
Bicycling is one of the best ways to stay in shape, see the sights, save money on gas and reduce pollution. The benefits are well-known to cycling enthusiasts and local leaders in LaSalle who have helped create a bike friendly Town, complete with paths, special bicycle parking areas and connecting our paths to a wider regional network of bike paths.
Bicyclists must take extra precautions when they ride. They often share the road with vehicles, which creates a host of hazards, but injuries can happen even on a designated path.
Most sports related injuries are related to bike riding. So do everything in your power to ensure your safety and of those around you. For example cyclists who wear a helmet reduce the risk of head injury by an estimated 60% and brain injury by 58%. That statistic makes sense when you consider the first body part to fly forward in a collision is usually the head, and with nothing but skin and bone to protect the brain, the results can be fatal.
Most importantly follow the rules:
· Get acquainted with traffic laws; cyclists must follow the same rules as motorists
· Know your bike’s capabilities
· Ride single-file in the direction of traffic, and watch for opening car doors and other hazards
· Use hand signals when turning and use extra care at intersections
· Never hitch onto cars
· Before entering traffic, stop and look left, right, left again and over your shoulder
· Wear bright clothing and ride during the day
· If night riding can’t be avoided, wear reflective clothing.
· Make sure your bicycle has the appropriate lighting and other safety gear such as bells, so others can see you and hear you.
We also urge all motorists to watch their speeds while driving around in residential areas or around cyclists along arterial roads. With summer almost upon us, a lot of kids will be out and about riding their bikes or skateboards. A lot of these kids are so excited and exuberant that they may dart out into traffic or not pay full attention to the task at hand. We urge their parents to have a safety chat with their kids, but we also want to remind motorists not to speed or be distracted while driving around town. Remember, we live in a small tight knit community. To those who are speeding around – you are being watched and reported to police. If we get complaints about you – we will come see you at your home or workplace. Our residents know that safety is a joint responsibility. They do not hesitate to call police and report unsafe drivers. So let’s make this summer a safe and enjoyable summer for all.