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Old 07-30-21, 08:51 AM
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Bike accident on bike path

I went for a bike ride yesterday afternoon and did a little touring around the county. I then entered the bike track and rode in my own lane. When I was empty in front of me, I increased my speed a little. In some cases, I drove slowly, paying attention to those walking on the bike path. 2 children were riding the rented 4-wheel 2-seater from the opposite lane. I checked the walkway and since no one was coming, I took the walkway and they turned the handlebars to the side of the walkway. Normally in these situations they would stop and I would pass by but this time they didn't stop and hit my left pedal as I passed them. I lost my balance and fell to the ground. My hands and knees brushed against the ground. Gloves protected but my knees were damaged. The seat of my bike is worn out, I think there is a noise from the mirror arm, the handlebar turned sideways, the gear lever was bent, but I fixed it.

I turned off the Strava registration after riding a little slowly to see if the bike was going after the accident.


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After 10-15 minutes, another cyclist came and asked, "Are you okay?" He said that they talked about such situations before, instead of renting a bike, and that there was no one listening. The night before this incident, although I have a friend who uses light, people using 4-wheel family bikes rode towards us. They were coming from the opposite lane. This time, I entered the grass without entering the walking path, but my friend remained on the road and could not enter the opposite lane. They stopped at the last moment.

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Old 07-30-21, 09:05 AM
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(Iím impressed with google translate. I was able to get an approximate idea of what you are saying.)

In my area other users of paths can be unpredictable. My practice is to slow down around them and stay at least 1.5 meters away.
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Old 07-30-21, 10:16 AM
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You can blame this on the other path users, but I'd encourage you to consider what you could have done differently to safely pass the quad and other trail users.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
You can blame this on the other path users, but I'd encourage you to consider what you could have done differently to safely pass the quad and other trail users.

Always a good idea, regardless if someone else is at fault, to look at such a situation and try to determine what one's part in it was. Most of the time, the realization comes that you could have slowed down more, given more space, maybe wasn't as attentive as you could have been, something was not working 100%, etc. If children are involved, extra caution is called for. In my experience, the unexpected does not exist in those situations.
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