Hi all, long time lurker, first post, etc. Was biking eastbound on Forbes tonight at around 9 PM. Signaled a left to turn onto Shady, arrived at the intersection, and got swiped hard on my left by a vehicle moving at full speed. I went down, and the driver took off. Some Good Samaritans tried to get plates and a description, only partially successfully. I believe the first three digits were DCW, iirc. Caucasian driver, two passengers. I’m ok–I think my left arm got whacked pretty hard, and it’s sore, but hopefully nothing broken.
I’m a pretty safe cyclist. I don’t recall exactly, but I would have been taking the lane, especially since that’s a sharrows road, and I had to make a left. Was illuminated front and rear plus rear reflector, yellow Ortliebs with reflective panels, wheel reflectors, and to top it off, a yellow sash with reflective strip. Wearing a helmet, but I don’t think I hit my head.
The funny part is, this is the second time I’ve been hit by a car today. The first was a low-speed collision on N. Highland, around 3 PM. 4-way intersection, no stop in my direction, but stops entering N. Highland. Driver is stopped, pulls into my lane of travel without looking, hits me. Not a hit and run. Got away from that one without a scratch. Many thanks to the Pittsburgh bike cop who came over to help. Unfortunately didn’t get her name or badge.
It’s a little disconcerting, because I really am a super-cautious, smart cyclist. I know proper lane position, and I follow the rules of the road. Been urban cycling for about four years (Philly and here), and never been in an accident until today. Dumb luck, I guess? Or perhaps they’re really out to get us now. In any case, the situation on the roads is completely out of hand, and I wouldn’t mind publicizing the ridiculousness of my case more if it helps raise public awareness.
Actually, maybe its better if you don’t answer that – the standard advice is not to talk about the details of what happened until the legal aspects have been resolved. You might want to email bike-pgh and ask them to edit your posts (they can edit mine too if needed).
I am very sorry to hear this and I am glad you are okay. If I hear anyone talking about a cyclist hit-and-run on that corner I will put them in touch with you. I work out at the JCC and there’s a lot of pedestrian traffic from the gym on that corner — I’ll keep my ear to the ground.