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Posted on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 9:54 a.m.

Bicyclist injured in collision with Jeep in Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin

Ann Arbor police have responded to a crash involving a car and bicycle at Main Street and Hoover Avenue.

The bicyclist suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, police said, but it was not yet clear whether anyone was being taken to the hospital.

A witness said the bicyclist had been placed on a stretcher and that the vehicle involved was a black Jeep.

The crash occurred about 9:30 a.m. Police were still on the scene at 10:30 a.m.

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Christin Cave

Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 3:43 p.m.

let this be the only incident this year! as the weather changes, more and more bikers will be on the road. it is the responsibility of drivers to be attentive and respect bikers. but it is also the responsibility of bikers to use the bike paths and ride lawfully. it is not ok to go from road to sidewalk and back because it is more convenient. everyone needs to respect the road and wear a helmet!


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 2:40 p.m.

Direction of travel of the cyclist isn't stated specifically but if the (not always reliable) "pin" is taken as a reference, the cyclist would have been going downhill on a significant grade. I've ridden my bike down that grade, it's "significant" and one can reach nearly "prevailing traffic speed." I'm just wondering if the cyclist's speed was a factor (not blaming, just knowing myself that speed can be a factor on that stretch of S. Main St.). Adding: there's no bike lane on that stretch of Main, at least there wasn't the last time I had to ride that route (northbound into town). I think there are challenges and risks for both motor vehicle drivers and cyclists from Pauline all the way to the intersection of Main and Packard.

Ann English

Fri, Mar 30, 2012 : 12:24 a.m.

You come the closest to what I've noticed about that part of Main Street: that the hill could obscure oncoming traffic for the southbound vehicles. Can't see it coming from a long distance ahead. You're assuming the cyclist was going north and the Jeep was going south. That is a riskier situation than if the cyclist were going south, climbing that hill, and the Jeep going north.

Wolf's Bane

Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 12:22 p.m.

This intersection is very rough given that you have an amazing amount of traffic heading east and west on Hoover and then Main street traffic. What worse is the fact that Hoover is stepped out, so to comply with traffic laws, folks have to get in the far left lane on Main street and signal to turn onto Hoover. This is where most are VERY vulnerable! I do this daily to avoid downtown traffic and it is scary during rush hour. I hope both recover. The driver and the cyclist.


Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 3:23 p.m.

The intersection of Main and East Hoover needs a rethink by the city. It's longstanding problems (the fact that East Hoover does not line up with Pauline or West Hoover) have been exacerbated by the removal of the Stadium bridge. There are always a lot of southbound cars turning left here, northbound cars turning right. There are also a fair number of pedestrians attempting to cross here. I would be in favor of an integrated (with traffic light) solution that includes both Pauline and East Hoover.

Wolf's Bane

Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 12:23 p.m.

Traffic light is not a bad idea actually.


Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 3:28 p.m.

Not to mention bicycles threading in and out of traffic and driveways.


Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 2:36 p.m.

" was not yet clear whether anyone was being taken to the hospital. A witness said the bicyclist had been placed on a stretcher..." I certainly hope they didn't just LEAVE him there!


Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 7:03 p.m.

@Forever27: I don't see anything in my post knocking dispensaries... not certain what you are reading into it. I Just said that dispensaries ease pain and offer comfort to those with proper documentation. Are you disagreeing with me?


Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 2:48 p.m.

@dan, why the random knock on dispensaries?


Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 2:42 p.m.

No... to "ease the bicyclist's pain" and "comfort the bicyclist" they took the bicyclist to a dispensary (with all proper documentation that the bicyclist was legally able to obtain proper medication)... Pardon my use of gratuitious use of the term "the bicyclist" in my post but nowhere in the story does it say if the bicyclist is a male or female...