Apr 21, 2015
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Three people who were riding bicycles illegally in Richmond on Monday were struck by vehicles in two separate incidents that occurred within 90 minutes, police told the Contra Costa Times.

In one incident about 5:45 p.m., the two men, one pedaling and the other riding handlebars, ran into a van in the 2700 block of Barrett Avenue, according to the Times. They were treated for moderate injuries and released Monday night.

That same night at Carlson and Cutting boulevards, a 14-year-old girl cycled against traffic signals and collided with a motorcycle. She was treated at Kaiser Richmond for moderate injuries, the Times reported.


  1. If you’ve ever ridden a bicycle then you’re probably guilty of violating one or more rules/laws put in place to make cycling safer. I know I’ve certainly broken a few of them.

    My first traffic citation was when I was just 13 when I was caught riding double on the bike (I was the driver). At the time I just felt lucky that the police officer didn’t see me a few minutes earlier when I had two of my pals riding with me (handle bars and rear wheel bolts).

    Back then, we were actually taught bicycle safety in school. Whether we followed it or not–as I did not feel obliged to do–at least we knew what we were supposed to know.

    This isn;t the case these days. Who are our young people supposed to learn from? Certainly not their parents who probably were never taught themselves.

    We have many organizations that offer bicycle safety classes for our young people but we need to do more to get the word out. I’m sure that the Standard would post a notice if they were told about them and, as one of the owners of Radio Free Richmond, I know that we’d post it, too. We just need to be told in advance.

    This time the cyclists only suffered minor injuries. Just a couple of days ago in SF a cyclist had a punctured lung, broken ribs, a broken clavicle and his bike probably took a beating, too. [This one was road rage where an Uber driver took the law into his own hands.]

    Don Gosney | Apr 21st, 2015

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.