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2 Cyclists Hit by Vehicles in SC Over 2 Days

In two days, cyclists in San Clemente were hospitalized after being hit by cars.

In less than 48 hours San Clemente saw two bicyclists struck by vehicles and hospitalized.

A vehicle struck a bicyclist in the 200 block of El Camino Real at 1:22 p.m. Thursday said Kris Concepcion, spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority.

Paramedics took the bicyclist, a 29-year-old to Mission Hospital for a possible dislocated shoulder, said Concepcion

On Wednesday, another vehicle struck a cyclist on Pacific Coast Highway near the Camino Capistrano intersection, shutting down traffic on the PCH and Camino Capistrano up to Avenida Vaquero, according to the Orange County Sheriff's dispatch records.

That rider was also taken to the hospital. Local bicycle activists have cited the number of bicycle and pedestrian accidents in their calls for better integration of non-motorized vehicle traffic in the street system in San Clemente.

janet January 19, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Gosh I can only say sometimes the cyclists will ride 2 abreast, sometimes 3, way into the lane of traffic instead of the bicycle lane. There a chosen few who don't seem to have any regard to the cars they are obstructing, an entity among themselves'. We as drivers have to be so very careful on El Camino as the road is so narrow, but the cyclists also need to be a bit more conscientious.
george gregory January 19, 2013 at 04:17 PM
This is why the beach trail needs to be ,wide , like first planned to get most bikes off of the road. Extend the pedestrian road along the beach north and south please
Lindsey Hanson January 19, 2013 at 06:28 PM
I saw one of the accidents. Guy was alone. Riding perfectly within the laws of the road. Gosh sometimes people drive like complete idiots with no regard to anyone else, eating, talking on the phone, texting, letting their dogs ride on their laps, yelling at their children, putting on make up, using an electric shaver, reaching for something in the back seat or simply living in la la land.
Brenda January 20, 2013 at 01:58 AM
As much as you dont want to hear it Janet and Lindsey, YOU ARE BOTH RIGHT. The bike and car drivers all fail to be aware 100 percent of the time what is going on around them and then a collision happens. Its not just one party or the other, BOTH, and each side needs to realize that and just educate. Cars are also taking out other cars by not paying attention, or just downright driving wrecklessly, just as they are taking out skateboarders, people walking their dogs. There needs to be a citation for "not being aware of your surroundings you idiot". They should also be cited for the injuries or death also. Because the injury is a direct result of the wreckless driving. Thank God no one was killed in these two.
Lindsey Hanson January 20, 2013 at 05:44 PM
My point was not that cars are always to blame. There are pleanty of arrogant cyclist on the road. The obvious is that both are to blame. SO thanks for reinforcing the obvious. SH%t happens.
Pete van Nuys January 23, 2013 at 01:17 AM
If Lindsey- or anyone- saw one of the collisions I'd be grateful if they'd provide any detail they can: Sideswipe? T-bone? Right hook? CVC violations: stop sign/ signal violation, wrong way or sidewalk riding? Bicyclist action prior: passing motorist on right, moving left to avoid obstacle or prepare for left turn? Motorist action prior: drifting into bike lane, accelerating to pass prior to sharp right turn? While news is news, it does little good to tease a story about car/bike collisions w/o providing some insight into the cause. Cause and fault cannot be determined until a full investigation is complete.
Pete van Nuys January 23, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Gee, does this mean the injured cyclists were "asking for it?" Dressing provocatively in lycra, riding 2 abreast- heavens!, even 3 abreast- in a lane too narrow for a car to safely squeeze by? Behaviors not understood are not automatically illegal or unsafe, even when they inconvenience us. Stereotyping behaviors of a group, then implying guilt by attributing those to individuals is bigotry. We don't tolerate racial bigotry anymore, we shouldn't tolerate it on public right of way either.

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