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Bikes, Cars Battle for Philly Street Space



    Battle for Road Space: Bikes Vs. Cars

    Grim new evidence of an uneasy relationship in Philadelphia between cars and bike riders. A bicyclist was sent to the hospital and is in critical condition after he was hit on Martin Luther Kind Drive. (Published Tuesday, June 28, 2011)

    It’s a nasty situation that leaves no one feeling safe.

    Bicyclists and motorists jockeying for space on city streets can leave people injured or worse.

    Twice Tuesday a bicyclist wound up in the hospital after being struck by a car.

    The worst incident happened around 7:30 p.m. on the Martin Luther King Drive. A 30-year-old cyclist was hit near Montgomery Avenue as he was trying to cross the road, according to a witness.

    The unidentified cyclist was taken to Hahnemann Hospital where he was in critical condition having suffered head trauma, Philadelphia Police said.

    The driver in that case stopped and won’t face charges, cops said.

    The same thing couldn’t be said for the driver who allegedly hit a woman in West Philly earlier in the day.

    Tuesday morning Lisa Brooks suffered cuts and bruises to her arm and leg after colliding with an opening car door near 58th Street and Haverford Avenue.

    Police responded to the scene around 8 a.m.

    Brooks claims she was in the bike lane when the collision happened. The driver of the car stopped for a moment but then closed the door and drove off, Brooks said.

    These aren’t the first incidents of cyclists being hurt on Philly streets. Back in March a hit-and-run driver left a cyclist hurt in Fairmount Park and back in October a Southwest Philly teen was killed after colliding with a trash truck.

    The city has recently added more bike lanes and repainted existing streets including 22nd Street in Center City in just the past few days.

    But despite pleas to share the road and more bike-friendly lanes, both cyclists and drivers continue to move along not always following traffic patterns or the ways of the road.