Bicycle-commuting advocate won't let crash slow her down
Nancy Shore spends her days helping employees and employers in downtown Ann Arbor learn about green commuting alternatives like bicycling and walking—and she definitely believes in what she does.
So the fact that a car ran into her while she was biking to work Friday won't shake her dedication to the cause. In fact, she said with a chuckle the next day, "I think it helps me with my street cred."
Shore's $600 commuter bike was totaled in the crash, but she was fortunate enough to suffer only a sprained ankle. She expects to be on crutches for about a week, but soon it will be back to bicycling.
Shore was biking on West Washington Street on Friday morning when a car turning into Slauson Middle School hit her bike, she said.
"My bike fell on top of me," she said. "A bunch of people came over and made sure I was OK. There were a lot of people out and a lot of people asking to help." The driver was apologetic and said he had not seen her, she said.
Her husband drove her to an urgent-care facility, where she learned she has a sprained ankle. A police officer who had also been to the accident scene took her information. Shore said she does not know if the driver was cited, and police on duty today at the Ann Arbor Police Department did not have any information on the incident.
"This in no way deters me from riding my bicycle," Shore said. "Things happen. It was unfortunate ... I don't think this is an indication that the streets are unsafe or that people shouldn't be riding their bikes."
Before moving to Ann Arbor in 2002, Shore also commuted by bicycle in Washington, D.C. and Madison, Wis. "I am definitely a year-round bike commuter, and this is the first time I've ever been in an accident," she said.
She said the incident can offer a couple of lessons, including underlining the potential for accidents and the importance of reporting them to the police, so that statistics can be kept.
Shore has a backup bike, used mostly in winter, but also plans to replace the one in the crash.