RNC seek witnesses to Outer Ring Road bicycle incident

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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is continuing to investigate a bicycle incident that occurred Friday afternoon on the Trans-Canada Highway (Outer Ring Road) in St. John's.
At approximately 12:30 p.m., Friday, a man operating a bicycle west bound on the TCH in the area of the interchange at Portugal Cove Road collided with a building supply truck that was stopped on the shoulder of the road. The rider sustained serious injuries as a result of the incident and remains in a St. John's hospital in critical condition.
RNC Traffic investigators are seeking the assistance of the general public and asks any person who may have witnessed this incident to contact the RNC at 729-8000.

Organizations: Trans-Canada Highway, RNC Traffic

Geographic location: Outer Ring Road, St. John's, Portugal Cove Road

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  • Randy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Hold on there.....
    We do not even know what had transpired here, did anyone witness this incident. Maybe the truck hit him.

  • TCHcyclist
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    This past winter, in this province, there were about 10 snowmobile related drownings after the machine and operator went though the ice; not to mention the numerous serious snowmobile related injuries. Why not ban snowmobiles? Or, if skier gets seriously hurt on Marble, then close the resort and ban skiing? Serious cycling accidents are very rare on the the local highways and Mike's position is an over reaction. Besides, the accident had nothing to do with highway speeds.

  • B
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Folks, it is already illegal to ride bicycles on the highway. Any vehicle that cannot go 70 kph is not supposed to be on the highway, including front end loaders which consistantly use the outer ring road. So, it is merely a matter of enforcement. The same as cell phone use while driving, parking in fire lanes, speeding, running red lights. All laws that are already on the books, just not that well enforced for some reason.

  • You Talkin' To Me ?
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    It remains to be seen exactly what caused this accident; one would think that there were witnesses. In any event, bicycle riders on the Outer Ring Road,aka, the Autobahn, which for some strange reason turns drivers into Mario Andrettis, is not a common sight. Wonder why ? Perhaps the bicycle rider was a tourist and wasn't alerted to the fact that far too many drivers here drive like maniacs and have the driving skills of Mr. Bean.That's enough to keep most people from riding a bicycle on the Outer Ring Road. Aside from the fact that this accident apparently wasn't caused by another vehicle, it's a person's right to ride a bicycle on any of our highways. Hope the bicycle rider recovers from his injuries.

  • DB
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    How does someone, in the middle of the day, on a slow moving vehicle (like a bike), on a road with a clear view run into a parked truck? Did he try to go around it but got forced back in by passing traffic or did he strike an object protruding from the truck?

  • timmay
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Why not ban trucks? It has to be the trucks fault, the same as its the moose at fault when it gets hit. Its all due to the lack of attention being paid while on our highways eith by drivers or cyclist. Keep your eyes on the road and your head up.

  • Pat
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    No highway is safe when rules are broken. Someone obviously broke a rule on Friday and I seriously doubt if it was this gentleman. From the comments, it appears that a lot of people don't want bicyles on our highways. I am not in the habit of judging people for their actions, which are perfectly legal. My prayers for him and his family during this terrible time.

  • Sarah
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    I agree to some extent. I think it would be fair to restrict bicycle usage to low-traffic and residential streets - for the safety not only of cyclists, but also those of us operating motor vehicles.
    I also agree that it seems strange that a person would not see a parked truck, but it makes me question what's missing from the story? Was there something protruding or was the cyclist forced into hitting the truck, as suggested? These facts would make the story clearer.
    As a final point, and a bit of an aside, Timmay, is it really rational to say hitting a moose is the driver's fault? Not to seem insulting, but have you ever seen a moose at dusk? Challenging hey? Enough said.

  • Randy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Hold on there.....
    We do not even know what had transpired here, did anyone witness this incident. Maybe the truck hit him.

  • Bob
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Bikes should be banned from highways, they cannot keep up with the flow of traffic so it is a hindrance. Banning swimming in a busy shipping port does make sense. People swimming in a non-busy area is the same as bikes on regular city streets and does not pose much of a problem.

  • mike
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    The outer ring road, and the entire TCH for that matter should be restricted to motor vechiles ONLY. I full respect those who challenge them self as runners and bikers. However the highway is no place for either activity. the province and city need to provide safer avenues for recreational biking and running. I hope the person involved is doing well and wish him a speedy recovery!

  • Trish
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Bikes don't belong on the highway. That's just asking for trouble.

  • fedup with it all
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    I AGREE WITH MIKE BICYCLES SHOULD NOT BE ON THE HIGHWAY I HAVE TO PAY INSURANCE, AND HAVE A LICENCE TO BE OUT THERE. THOSE PEOPLE ON THESE BICYCLES THINK THEY OWN THE ROADS. I KNOW CAUSE I AM AFTER COMING UP AGAINST THEM .ANY WAY OUR ROADS ARE NOT BUILT FOR BICYLES YOU CANT RIDE A BIKE ON THE 401 IN ONTARIO. I KNOW THAT OUR HIGHWAY IS NOT THE 401 BUT IT IS THE ONLY HIGHWAY WE HAVE AND FOR SAFELY REASONS I VOTE NO BIKES BUT IF YOU FEEL YOU SHOULD BE OUT THERE GET INS AND A LICENSE AND TAKE OVER. THIS WOULD HAPPEN IN NFLD ANYWAY THE MOTOR VECHILE OPERATER DOESNT SEEM TO HAVE MANY RIGHTS

  • Teagle
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    I think people should be mindful of the seriousness of this accident. None of the writers have considered the fact that something totally out of the control of the rider and the truck could have caused this accident. It would make sense for the government to establish bike paths such as in Ottawa to allow cyclists a safe place to ride and/or train.

  • Mike
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    My reasoning is simple, highways were put there for motor vechicles. Cycle and pedestrian traffic on highways impose an obstacle and a danger to the general public. Trucks and cars are supposed to be on highways and roads, peddle bikes simply can not keep up with the flow of traffic and impose and unwarrented risk. The City and the Province should provide proper trails and lanes for cyclists. People are gettign in a twttier here thinking I'm over reacting and wanting to ban Bikes. What I want is to see bikes on bike trails and cars on the road. Ontario has a great model of this type of system. If you fully believe you should have all the rights and privleges of a motor vehicle while riding a bike, them why not carry insurance? ANyway, point being, the problem is the lack of proper trails and lanes for bikers in the city. I beleive Corner Brook has started building bike trails and lanes actually. As for the comparison to swimming, would you swim in a shipping lane or along side the Bell Island Ferry? Of course not, so why would you want to ride along side a transport truck 12 inchs to your left? The reason now is because there are no good options, but that still doesnt make it a good idea. BTW, I am a biker myself.

  • Carrie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Despite the testy tone of the cyclists posting here, no one is advocating banning bicycles. They're advocating banning the use of bicycles on a high-speed divided highway, as is done in most major jurisdictions in Canada. Since it's impossible to legislate common sense and some of the cyclists obviously don't have any, one possible solution is to make it abundantly clear that they are simply not allowed on the Outer Ring, TCH, Harbour Arterial or any other such major highway. I've seen more than my share of idiots (yes, that's what you are) riding against the traffic flow, crossing four lanes of traffic at 5:30 p.m, and otherwise committing utterly ridiculous acts. You're more than welcome to ride your bicycle where it's safe to do so, but please don't assume that you own the road.

  • Paul
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    To suggest that bikes be banned from our highways is nothing more than an hysterical over-reaction. Why not ban swimming as well...people do NOT belong in the water.

  • nelson
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    By, how can you make a law for common sense?!? How could anyone, especially a cyclist NOT see a building supply truck on the shoulder of a highway? Perhaps they should check the vision of teh guy on the bike. Unless you were riding the bike backwards there is noway I can think off to not see it, much less rear-end it

  • Bill
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    I was one of the first on the seen and gave this fellow cpr until he went to the hospital. From what the one witness who stopped said happened, it was a downhill and the cyclist had his head down trying to gain speed and was looking from side to side to stay on the side of the road. The Kent truck was struck in the rear of the vehicle with a load of wood. Nothing was sticking out of the vehicle into traffic. The cyclist was not all over the road or interfering with traffic. Had the cyclist seen the truck he would have even had room to get around it. It was a very unfortunate collision which leaves one man in hospital and a family extremly worried. Being in the military and not from this island, I am suprised at how some of you people react to unfortunate incidents like this, as people have commented before on the telegram throughout the winter on ATV's and snowmobiles. I must say the majority of you Newfoundlanders are a smart friendly bunch, but some of you guys are way off the mark and a tad insensitive.

    This collision is not the result of anyones wrong doing, changing laws will not prevent this type of freak accident from occuring. It will likely not happen again anytime soon if at all, unlike drinking and driving collisions which happen with much greater frequency.

    My prayers are with this man and his family that he recover. And I ask those of you who have not, go take a cpr class in case you are ever needed to help in a situation which calls for it.

  • Randy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    Hold on there.....
    We do not even know what had transpired here, did anyone witness this incident. Maybe the truck hit him.

  • TCHcyclist
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    This past winter, in this province, there were about 10 snowmobile related drownings after the machine and operator went though the ice; not to mention the numerous serious snowmobile related injuries. Why not ban snowmobiles? Or, if skier gets seriously hurt on Marble, then close the resort and ban skiing? Serious cycling accidents are very rare on the the local highways and Mike's position is an over reaction. Besides, the accident had nothing to do with highway speeds.

  • B
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Folks, it is already illegal to ride bicycles on the highway. Any vehicle that cannot go 70 kph is not supposed to be on the highway, including front end loaders which consistantly use the outer ring road. So, it is merely a matter of enforcement. The same as cell phone use while driving, parking in fire lanes, speeding, running red lights. All laws that are already on the books, just not that well enforced for some reason.

  • You Talkin' To Me ?
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    It remains to be seen exactly what caused this accident; one would think that there were witnesses. In any event, bicycle riders on the Outer Ring Road,aka, the Autobahn, which for some strange reason turns drivers into Mario Andrettis, is not a common sight. Wonder why ? Perhaps the bicycle rider was a tourist and wasn't alerted to the fact that far too many drivers here drive like maniacs and have the driving skills of Mr. Bean.That's enough to keep most people from riding a bicycle on the Outer Ring Road. Aside from the fact that this accident apparently wasn't caused by another vehicle, it's a person's right to ride a bicycle on any of our highways. Hope the bicycle rider recovers from his injuries.

  • DB
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    How does someone, in the middle of the day, on a slow moving vehicle (like a bike), on a road with a clear view run into a parked truck? Did he try to go around it but got forced back in by passing traffic or did he strike an object protruding from the truck?

  • timmay
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    Why not ban trucks? It has to be the trucks fault, the same as its the moose at fault when it gets hit. Its all due to the lack of attention being paid while on our highways eith by drivers or cyclist. Keep your eyes on the road and your head up.

  • Pat
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    No highway is safe when rules are broken. Someone obviously broke a rule on Friday and I seriously doubt if it was this gentleman. From the comments, it appears that a lot of people don't want bicyles on our highways. I am not in the habit of judging people for their actions, which are perfectly legal. My prayers for him and his family during this terrible time.

  • Sarah
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    I agree to some extent. I think it would be fair to restrict bicycle usage to low-traffic and residential streets - for the safety not only of cyclists, but also those of us operating motor vehicles.
    I also agree that it seems strange that a person would not see a parked truck, but it makes me question what's missing from the story? Was there something protruding or was the cyclist forced into hitting the truck, as suggested? These facts would make the story clearer.
    As a final point, and a bit of an aside, Timmay, is it really rational to say hitting a moose is the driver's fault? Not to seem insulting, but have you ever seen a moose at dusk? Challenging hey? Enough said.

  • Randy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    Hold on there.....
    We do not even know what had transpired here, did anyone witness this incident. Maybe the truck hit him.

  • Bob
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    Bikes should be banned from highways, they cannot keep up with the flow of traffic so it is a hindrance. Banning swimming in a busy shipping port does make sense. People swimming in a non-busy area is the same as bikes on regular city streets and does not pose much of a problem.

  • mike
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    The outer ring road, and the entire TCH for that matter should be restricted to motor vechiles ONLY. I full respect those who challenge them self as runners and bikers. However the highway is no place for either activity. the province and city need to provide safer avenues for recreational biking and running. I hope the person involved is doing well and wish him a speedy recovery!

  • Trish
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    Bikes don't belong on the highway. That's just asking for trouble.

  • fedup with it all
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    I AGREE WITH MIKE BICYCLES SHOULD NOT BE ON THE HIGHWAY I HAVE TO PAY INSURANCE, AND HAVE A LICENCE TO BE OUT THERE. THOSE PEOPLE ON THESE BICYCLES THINK THEY OWN THE ROADS. I KNOW CAUSE I AM AFTER COMING UP AGAINST THEM .ANY WAY OUR ROADS ARE NOT BUILT FOR BICYLES YOU CANT RIDE A BIKE ON THE 401 IN ONTARIO. I KNOW THAT OUR HIGHWAY IS NOT THE 401 BUT IT IS THE ONLY HIGHWAY WE HAVE AND FOR SAFELY REASONS I VOTE NO BIKES BUT IF YOU FEEL YOU SHOULD BE OUT THERE GET INS AND A LICENSE AND TAKE OVER. THIS WOULD HAPPEN IN NFLD ANYWAY THE MOTOR VECHILE OPERATER DOESNT SEEM TO HAVE MANY RIGHTS

  • Teagle
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    I think people should be mindful of the seriousness of this accident. None of the writers have considered the fact that something totally out of the control of the rider and the truck could have caused this accident. It would make sense for the government to establish bike paths such as in Ottawa to allow cyclists a safe place to ride and/or train.

  • Mike
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    My reasoning is simple, highways were put there for motor vechicles. Cycle and pedestrian traffic on highways impose an obstacle and a danger to the general public. Trucks and cars are supposed to be on highways and roads, peddle bikes simply can not keep up with the flow of traffic and impose and unwarrented risk. The City and the Province should provide proper trails and lanes for cyclists. People are gettign in a twttier here thinking I'm over reacting and wanting to ban Bikes. What I want is to see bikes on bike trails and cars on the road. Ontario has a great model of this type of system. If you fully believe you should have all the rights and privleges of a motor vehicle while riding a bike, them why not carry insurance? ANyway, point being, the problem is the lack of proper trails and lanes for bikers in the city. I beleive Corner Brook has started building bike trails and lanes actually. As for the comparison to swimming, would you swim in a shipping lane or along side the Bell Island Ferry? Of course not, so why would you want to ride along side a transport truck 12 inchs to your left? The reason now is because there are no good options, but that still doesnt make it a good idea. BTW, I am a biker myself.

  • Carrie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    Despite the testy tone of the cyclists posting here, no one is advocating banning bicycles. They're advocating banning the use of bicycles on a high-speed divided highway, as is done in most major jurisdictions in Canada. Since it's impossible to legislate common sense and some of the cyclists obviously don't have any, one possible solution is to make it abundantly clear that they are simply not allowed on the Outer Ring, TCH, Harbour Arterial or any other such major highway. I've seen more than my share of idiots (yes, that's what you are) riding against the traffic flow, crossing four lanes of traffic at 5:30 p.m, and otherwise committing utterly ridiculous acts. You're more than welcome to ride your bicycle where it's safe to do so, but please don't assume that you own the road.

  • Paul
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    To suggest that bikes be banned from our highways is nothing more than an hysterical over-reaction. Why not ban swimming as well...people do NOT belong in the water.

  • nelson
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    By, how can you make a law for common sense?!? How could anyone, especially a cyclist NOT see a building supply truck on the shoulder of a highway? Perhaps they should check the vision of teh guy on the bike. Unless you were riding the bike backwards there is noway I can think off to not see it, much less rear-end it

  • Bill
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    I was one of the first on the seen and gave this fellow cpr until he went to the hospital. From what the one witness who stopped said happened, it was a downhill and the cyclist had his head down trying to gain speed and was looking from side to side to stay on the side of the road. The Kent truck was struck in the rear of the vehicle with a load of wood. Nothing was sticking out of the vehicle into traffic. The cyclist was not all over the road or interfering with traffic. Had the cyclist seen the truck he would have even had room to get around it. It was a very unfortunate collision which leaves one man in hospital and a family extremly worried. Being in the military and not from this island, I am suprised at how some of you people react to unfortunate incidents like this, as people have commented before on the telegram throughout the winter on ATV's and snowmobiles. I must say the majority of you Newfoundlanders are a smart friendly bunch, but some of you guys are way off the mark and a tad insensitive.

    This collision is not the result of anyones wrong doing, changing laws will not prevent this type of freak accident from occuring. It will likely not happen again anytime soon if at all, unlike drinking and driving collisions which happen with much greater frequency.

    My prayers are with this man and his family that he recover. And I ask those of you who have not, go take a cpr class in case you are ever needed to help in a situation which calls for it.