Bicyclist critically injured after being struck on FM 471
By Eva Ruth Moravec - San Antonio Express-News
A bicyclist was critically injured Sunday morning, when he veered into a far West Side road and was struck by a pickup.
Jeffery D. Oliver, 53, was riding east in the 2-foot-wide shoulder of FM 471 near Old FM 471 around 11:15 a.m. when he rode into the road and collided with an eastbound maroon pickup, said Lt. Kyle Coleman with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office.
"As the pickup approached, the bicycle rider turned and looked back for some reason," Coleman said. "He just got too close to the roadway."
Coleman said Oliver, who wore a helmet, was flung into FM 471, where passers-by stopped to help him and called 911. He sustained major head injuries and was unconscious when he was flown to University Hospital, Coleman said. Oliver was in critical condition, Sunday evening.
The driver of the pickup, Abel Tijerina, 52, was not injured and not believed to face any criminal charges in connection with the crash, but Coleman said the investigation continues.
The article says he was riding in a two foot wide shoulder. As you can see, it's a one foot wide shoulder, with a three inch drop-off, and another eight inches of pavement (all measurements approximate). He wasn't riding on a two foot shoulder. The cyclist was trying to ride on a tight rope. He fell.
Had he controlled his lane, he'd be safe today. But he listened to years of incorrect "as far right as possible" cyclist inferiority propaganda, reinforced by so-called 'bicycle advocates' (including San Antonio's bicycle coordinator) calling for bike lanes for cyclists to ride in, perpetuating the 'fear-based' cycling mentality.
Take your lane, and live. Please. Don't try and be a high-wire act.
Now... read the previous post (below) about Reed Bates.
Reed is an experienced cyclist who has no car. His method of transportation is by bicycle.
Reed has spent a fortnight in jail in Ellis County for refusing to ride his bicycle on the shoulder of multi-lane roads with shoulders much like the one shown above. In some places, the shoulders on the roads where he cycled were better than the one Mr. Oliver was struck on. In other places, worse.
The Ennis Police, and the Ellis County Sheriff's Department told him to stay there (contrary to what the law says). Sadly, some national and state 'bicycle advocates' have now decided that's where he should ride as well, and that Mr. bates is being unreasonable in protecting not just his rights, but his physical safety. They have convinced some local cycling advocates, through factual lies and distortions, of the same thing. If they think Reed Bates should ride there, then they think Jeffery Oliver should ride there as well... and so should you, too.
Do you see why this is important? You have a legal right (and, dare I say, a responsibility) to operate your bicycle safely. Exercise it, defend it, and defend yourself from unnecessary tragedy.