Collision with motor vehicle at 3601-3631 N Green Bay Ave
reported by Morgan
Crash type: Collision with motor vehicle
Geometry: Vehicle rear-ended moving bike
Vehicle type: Car
Description: This was not an accident. I was biking in the parking lane of the road with both of my lights on (front and rear) to be as safe as possible. There were no vehicles around, when suddenly a red sports-like car came up behind me and rear-ended me. My bike was pushed out from under me and I fell onto the ground (I'm surprised they didn't run me over at that point). As the car whipped around me and drove away as quickly as possible, the three or four guys inside of the vehicle were laughing. Add note to this report
Factors & Lessons
Factor: Driver wanted to hit a cyclist
Lesson: Sometimes it doesn't matter what you do
Using bike lights: Yes
Wearing helmet: Yes
Road conditions: Dry
Cyclist age: 26
Cyclist gender: F
Cyclist experience: Intermediate
Bicycle type: Road
Injury description: Calf, knee and tailbone area very badly bruised.
Location type: Arterial
Location: 3601-3631 N Green Bay Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53212, USA
Lat/Lng: 43.0835220841122, -87.9194386303425
Crash ID: 12
+ (Andy) That's awful. I think an adequate lesson to that would be, "Carry a video camera aimed towards the back.". After an episode like that, I probably would, but that's probably a bit easier for me since I'm an e-bike and electronics junkie.
+ (Mitch) This kind of incident really upsets me, and it happens all too often.
If you want to follow Andy's advice about putting a camera on your bike, you should take a look at this blog: http://bikesafer.blogspot.com/.
The blogger, Jeff Frings is biker and a cameraman for the Milwaukee Fox affiliate. He has cameras mounted on the front and back of his bike, and he documents close encounters with sociopathic motorists.