A man in his 40s went to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries Thursday evening after colliding with a car while biking southbound on Aurora near
90th Ave N N 90th St.
On October 20th, at approximately 7:39 pm, an adult male bicyclist was travelling southbound in the 8900 Block of Aurora Avenue North in the right lane. During the same time, a Hyundai sedan was also travelling southbound in the middle lane of Aurora Avenue North.
The two collided when the bicycle turned suddenly in front of the car. The cyclist sustained serious head injuries and was transported to Harborview Medical Center via SFD Medics. The driver of the car was not injured.
Officers checked the driver for any signs of possible impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs. No signs of impairment were noted.
Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) responded and began their investigation. TCIS will continue with this investigation.
Aurora is consistently among the most dangerous streets in the city for all road users. The city and state have even been conducting a targeted traffic safety campaign recently. However, I am not aware of an effort currently to make the street safer for people biking.
Though it is legal (and really fast) to bike on most of Aurora (north of the Battery Street Tunnel), I would caution against it. Though we don’t know why this man was on the street (was it by choice or because he didn’t know a better route?), perhaps extra signage pointing to safer bicycle routes parallel to Aurora, such as the Interurban route, would help people find the alternatives that already exist. After all, many people simply bike the routes they know from driving or riding the bus unless they are taught a different way. If people felt they could trust the signs to lead them where they are going, many would likely follow them.