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Safety Tip: Don’t Load Your Bike Onto a Moving Bus

by ARLnow.com November 3, 2010 at 10:07 am 2,050 9 Comments

A safety tip for those who take their bike with them on public transit: don’t try to put your bike on a bus as it’s moving.

That’s apparently what happened Friday afternoon on Columbia Pike.

Police originally received a call for a man lying injured in the roadway near the Pike and South Oakland Street. A bike was also lying nearby. It was then reported that a Metrobus, which was no longer on scene, might have been involved.

Metro investigated the incident using surveillance video from the bus. From spokesperson Ron Holzer:

After an investigation, which included examination of video from the Metrobus camera system, it was determined that the bus never made contact with the pedestrian, who put himself in harm’s way by attempting to load his bicycle onto the moving bus.

The bike appears to be damaged in the photos, but a police source told us that was the same condition the bike was in before the accident.

The man was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital.

  • PGFDE121

    Bicycles are considered vehicles, but maybe only when they are moving on the roadway and not being lifted onto a rack, but still would appear that the metrobus left the scene of an accident? How could the driver not see this as the bike racks are on the front bumper?

    • NPGMBR

      There was no accident involving the bus because the bus never made contact with the man or his bike.

      • Teyo

        So the bus drove around the guy? I guess I don’t understand how the guy is in front of the bus, trying to put his bike on the rack while the bus is moving, and the bus manages not to hit him or decides not to stop.

      • Eponymous Coward

        The spokesman didn’t say the bus made no contact with the pedestrian or his bike. He said the bus made no contact with the pedestrian.

  • YTK

    “A bike was also laying nearby. ”
    What do they teach in schools now?????

    • An errant ‘a’ — I swear.

      • Katie

        Ha! Busted.

        Or as my high school English teacher told us, “getting laid–now that is grammatically correct, sort of.”

        You couldn’t say something like that now. Why, back in MY day…

  • GK

    A failed attempt at the Darwin Awards…

  • Bender

    “He said the bus made no contact with the pedestrian.”

    What do you expect someone involved in a hit-and-run to say?

    The guy was injured. He got his injuries somehow. Quite conceivably it was by the bus hitting the bike, while the guy was holding it, thus allowing them to say the bus never hit him, but the bike is an extension of the person.

    Rather than taking Metro’s word for it, the police need to investigate this.


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