Police cite cyclist hit by car

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Police have cited a bicyclist hit by a car this afternoon in front of New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

It happened just before 3 p.m.

Police say the Oliver Baker's injuries were very minor and that he requested to go to the hospital as a precaution.

Investigators say the 60-year-old was riding his bike in the wrong direction. They cited Baker for driving the wrong way.

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So this is what it takes for a biker to finally get cited. I was wondering because I was stuck behind two bikers riding side by side the other day "sharing" the entire lane and I didn't want to swerve into oncoming traffic to pass them. As I came up to a red light there was a Sheriff's SUV stopped there heading in the same direction as us. Well now they decided to get into single file to go around the cop and as always, blow right through the red light without skipping a beat. I thought to myself, "finally a couple of these jerks that think it's okay to go 20mph in a 45 are gonna get tickets", but nope. The cop didn't budge. Instead, once the light turned green and we were both stuck behind them the cop went left of center on a double yellow (which is illegal!!!) to pass. If bikers think the roads are every bit as much theirs as motorized vehicles then they should pay for plates and a registration. That way, at least I could report them for constantly breaking the laws of the road and even the red light cams could nail them.

http://www.ncdot.gov/bikeped/lawspolicies/laws/ A cyclist is considered a vehicle. They must follow all the rules that anybody who is driving on the road must follow along with special laws that apply to us only. We are freaking allowed to take up any part of the lane. It is this attitude that says we are not allowed to use the road tht makes all of us so angry. Next time realize that speed limits are not the required speed but the max you are allowed to do. How about you take the 5 seconds to be patient and have a care of my safety when on the road? How about you get off your &^*%ing high horse. I occupy the lane when it is not safe to pass. I also move over when it is safe. I follow the laws. A lot don't.

Just to clue you in. I have epilepsy. I choose not to drive to be safer. I choose to ride a bike to be independent. SO the next time you see a cyclist how about you SAFELY pass them with a hope that they make it to where they are going.

Bikes have just as much legal right on roadway as a vehicle. This guy was cited for going the wrong way in traffic not for taking up the roadway. What i dont understand is that yes you have the right to ride in road on road, but why? I always see bikes riding in lane when there is 3 or for feet of shoulder! Move over because a vehicle can kill you if struck. Accidents can happen! And i think it is ridiculous when i see bikers flying down eastwood road in middle of lane when the city just built a bike path for them.

Isn't being hit by the car punishment enough?

No. I would like to mention my special buddy who I have almost hit twice now. He frequents the Eastwood and Market intersection around 10:20 to 10:45 most nights. He has no lights, no vest, no helmet and no idea how to safely ride a bike. If he gives me the finger again I will be calling the police as I follow him. This guy is going to get hit, I pray I am not the one as I dread washing my truck. Someone buy this guy a moped for Christmas, at least we will be able to see him from more than ten feet.

In the same way that a drunk driver who gets hurt shouldn't get punished because of his injuries are punishment enough.