Bicyclist uninjured after being hit by car on way to school

Bicyclist uninjured after being hit by car on way to school

CHAMPAIGN — An 11-year-old bicyclist riding to school suffered no apparent injuries after being hit by a car Thursday morning.

Champaign police were called to Springfield Avenue and New Street at 7:43 a.m. Thursday where a girl was hit by a car while trying to cross Springfield.

David T. Ho, of Savoy, was headed west on Springfield approaching New Street when he slowed to yield to a bicyclist on the northwest corner of the intersection, according to a Champaign police news release.

The release said the child was crossing when she was hit by the car.

Ho was ticketed for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Neither the girl nor Ho was reported injured. An off-duty firefighter helped at the scene.

The Champaign Police Department reminds motorists to slow down and watch for children walking or biking in school zone areas.

Another girl was hit by a car recently while attempting to cross Prospect Avenue to get to South Side School.

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wayward wrote on September 19, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Is a bike rider legally considered a vehicle or pedestrian?  I knew that drivers had to yield to people on foot in a crosswalk, but bikes were less clear.

str2013 wrote on September 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Wouldn't it be common sense for a motorist to yield to EITHER in the crosswalk? As the driver of a car, you should not proceed through the crosswalk if a person on a bicycle is in the crosswalk, regardless of whether or not you're clear about the law.

wayward wrote on September 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm

That has nothing to do with the question I asked.  Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5 Sec. 11-1502 says,

Every person riding a bicycle upon a highway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this Code, except as to special regulations in this Article XV [625 ILCS 5/11-1501 et seq.] and except as to those provisions of this Code which by their nature can have no application.

Someone walking a bicycle in a crosswalk is a pedestrian.  However, is someone riding their bike in a crosswalk legally considered a pedestrian or a vehicle?

RedWing5 wrote on September 21, 2013 at 7:09 pm

The section is further down the IVC:

(625 ILCS 5/11-1512) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-1512) 
    Sec. 11-1512. Bicycles on sidewalks. (a) A person propelling a bicycle upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, shall yield the right of way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian. 
    (b) A person shall not ride a bicycle upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, where such use of bicycles is prohibited by official traffic-control devices. 
    (c) A person propelling a bicycle upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, shall have all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances. 
(Source: P.A. 82-132.)

ScottC wrote on September 19, 2013 at 6:09 pm

I am a bike commuter and I agree it's unclear.  My kids bike to school and if the traffic is really bad, we dismount, become pedestrians, and use the cross walk to cross.  Otherwise, we behave as regular vehicles.  

That said,  a car hits anyone in a crosswalk, they should be ticketed.  Whether the user of the crosswalk should also be ticketed for riding in the pedstrian way depends on the local ordinance.  

pattsi wrote on September 19, 2013 at 9:09 pm

I undeastand the focus of this article on a child because of the recent accident on Prospect and Daniel. That said bicyclists are hit in these communities regularly, such as the one at the intersection of Philo and Washington, U. when the bicyclist was already in the intersection. Question--was that driver ticketed? Question--why is this not part of this or any other article with the focus on the issues between bicyclists, drivers, the multiplying bike lanes, confusing rules and signs? Should not the goal of any aritcle is to get out the facts so the community can come together to begin to resolve these issues. Right now CUUATA is updating the 2004 bikeway and greenway plan. Step forward read the plan. Make comments. Get involved. N-G write an article about the proposed updated plan.

Here are ther resources

pattsi wrote on September 20, 2013 at 7:09 am

duplicate posting deleted.

local reader wrote on September 25, 2013 at 7:09 pm

This video explains rules of the road for motorists and cyclists.

Motorists are to yeild to pedestrians and cyclists in crosswalks.