Seattle cyclist hit by car lands on his feet - literally (+ video)

Acrobatic dismount gets rider out of harm's way as driver jumps red light

by Simon_MacMichael   May 27, 2011  

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A cyclist in Seattle, Washington, had a narrow escape when he was hit by a car as he rode across a pedestrian crossing, quite literally landing on his feet after acrobatically leaping out of the saddle.

Jeff Word was riding across Valley St at the junction of Terry Avenue North and South Lake Union Park on May 18 when a motorist drove through a red light – the pedestrian crossing light was switched to green – although luckily she was alert to the situation and braked as she saw him coming across the road.

The incident was captured on film by fellow cyclist David Behroozi, who has uploaded the footage to the video-sharing site, YouTube.

Word, who used his right leg to kick off the car bonnet to launch his sudden and spectacular dismount, was unhurt, but the same can’t be said for his bike, a Fuji Roubaix – although the motorist will be paying for the damage.

In an email to Seattle Bike Blog, Word said: ““I’m doing good. I was so happy that nothing happened I was pretty much laughing afterwards. I’m a chiropractor, too, so I get adjustments all the time.”

Behroozi said that glare from the evening sunshine may have been a factor in the incident: “The sun was to the west and was fairly bright but the woman in the car has her visor down and the visor shadow is across her face.”

Seattle Bike Blog said that better detours for non-motorised traffic were needed around the area, which is subject to construction works that will continue for several years.
 

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Looks set up to me, why were they filming at that exact spot? Almost as if they waited for a car in that lane to come along.

posted by Karbon Kev [677 posts]
27th May 2011 - 11:44

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Just because it's on the Internet doesn't mean it's fake.

That cyclist isn't paranoid enough, I always look both ways even if I have priority, as a cyclist and a ped. Glad he's ok.

posted by kaybee [23 posts]
27th May 2011 - 11:56

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Karbon Kev wrote:
Looks set up to me, why were they filming at that exact spot? Almost as if they waited for a car in that lane to come along.

Eh? Do you think perhaps this could be taken from a longer bit of video than 30 seconds? Why so suspicious?

posted by Chuck [381 posts]
27th May 2011 - 12:12

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Karbon Kev wrote:
Looks set up to me, why were they filming at that exact spot? Almost as if they waited for a car in that lane to come along.

There's nothing in the video or the Seattle Bike Blog to suggest the two cyclists even knew each other.

The fact that the one with the helmet cam alerts the guy who was hit after the event that he'd captured it on film suggests they didn't, and it wasn't staged.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8111 posts]
27th May 2011 - 12:21

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Karbon Kev wrote:
Looks set up to me, why were they filming at that exact spot? Almost as if they waited for a car in that lane to come along.

Clearly they're both waiting at a stop light, when the light goes green they both push off. Why would you "set up" having someone get crashed into on a bike just to get some kind of internet stardom.

I've seen a number of your posts on here before and I've come to the conclusion that you're an idiot.

All the gear and no idea!

posted by JonMack [171 posts]
27th May 2011 - 13:14

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An accurate conclusion!

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posted by Mariachi [25 posts]
27th May 2011 - 13:57

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Whats the title on youtube for this clip? I cant view it at work and cant access it via my phone on the embedded link.

Or a direct link may work?

Cheers in advance.

posted by farrell [1457 posts]
27th May 2011 - 14:46

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Found by searching for David Behroozi

posted by farrell [1457 posts]
27th May 2011 - 14:48

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Ok, perhaps the car was going a bit fast and should have been taking a bit more care, but really the cyclist should have been more aware of the traffic around him.

Cutting across traffic like that, even if it was on a green light needs a element of caution, but from what I can see he didn't look right when passing through the cars.

I think we all know it's a dangerous place out there and too many cyclists don't take enough responsibility for their own safety.

Sermon over... Big Grin

posted by TheRealYeti [6 posts]
27th May 2011 - 14:57

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Cannot comment on Karbon Kev's other posts. But 'an idiot'? A bit harsh... One of my favorite quotes is, 'a cynic is only a frustrated optimist'. Do not know who to attribute it to! Lets keep it friendly!

posted by SideBurn [808 posts]
27th May 2011 - 15:31

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TheRealYeti wrote:
Ok, perhaps the car was going a bit fast and should have been taking a bit more care

According to the article the driver ran a red light and hit him. I'd say she should have been taking a LOT more care.

But you're right that it's always wise to keep an eye on what they're doing.

posted by Chuck [381 posts]
27th May 2011 - 15:40

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JonMack wrote:
Karbon Kev wrote:
Looks set up to me, why were they filming at that exact spot? Almost as if they waited for a car in that lane to come along.

Clearly they're both waiting at a stop light, when the light goes green they both push off. Why would you "set up" having someone get crashed into on a bike just to get some kind of internet stardom.

I've seen a number of your posts on here before and I've come to the conclusion that you're an idiot.


And the prize for the most imaginative and needlessly ignorant reply goes to Jon Mack, the man whose posts on other better known forums are equally as lame ....

posted by Karbon Kev [677 posts]
27th May 2011 - 16:00

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car going too fast, cyclist not actually on the crossing. Not that the driver was paying much attention, but what there was would have been focussed on the crossing. A bit iffy for both parties imo. Not a fake though.

Oh, and I wish I had reactions like that.

posted by carl j [23 posts]
27th May 2011 - 20:12

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Hmm, I'm all for cyclists sticking together but Carbon Chav's comment does seems a little odd. Car runs a red and crashes into a cyclist. Fortunately no one is badly hurt and the incident was caught on camera. The cyclist waited for the lights to change. Do you subscribe to the Mail, Kev?

posted by Coleman [329 posts]
27th May 2011 - 20:35

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It's a helmet camera cyclist, he films his journeys.

posted by TheMadCyclist [7 posts]
27th May 2011 - 21:12

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That guy was lucky. He should get a lottery ticket and hope his luck continues. Always look both ways when crossing the road!

Giant Rob.
King of the East Midlands

posted by Giant Rob [60 posts]
27th May 2011 - 22:04

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Sobering to see how far the cyclist travels off the impact at what - a combined speed of maybe 20mph between foot and car? No wonder so many cyclists are dying from collisions with cars - especially in 30mph zones where 40 is the new 30.

Awkward truths:

If people don't windfarms or nuclear - use less electricity

If as drivers and cyclists we want to survive bike rides the speed limit for urban areas we should all have to stomach is 20mph.

Not ideal but better than what we have now - a country where adult cyclists ride the pavements and people on phones travel suburban streets in all terrain vehicles.

Am I the only one who remembers a time when it wasn't this way?

Crazy times.

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1059 posts]
27th May 2011 - 23:18

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I'm glad that nothing bad happened here but to be honest, it is a cross-WALK. I know it's annoying, but there's a reason why for most places it says that one should walk across not ride. Especially with the sun like that.

Still glad that everyone involved is ok.

posted by Shiny Flu [84 posts]
28th May 2011 - 11:00

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I was going to say that it's clearly a fake because all daily mail readers know only cyclists jump red lights, but satire has been killed by some commenters above. For crying out loud! How can you blame the cyclist much for that one? For example, shiny flu should read the bike blog, where it patiently explains that most Seattle crossings are effectively toucans.

posted by a.jumper [700 posts]
28th May 2011 - 12:57

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This shows that Seattle drivers are no better than drivers here in Peterborough. We have a wide pedestrian crossing that drivers insist on driving through even when the "green man" has come on. That is, they drive onto it and stop on it then keep moving. One day someone is going to be seriously injured or even killed.

As for the comment that he wasn't on the crossing when he was hit that's right he was going around someone who was going over the crossing. So the driver had an even clearer view.

It just makes you wonder why these drivers would attempt to run a red light where there's a pedestrian crossing.

I must buy a helmet-cam soon!

If cycling is indeed a sport of self-abuse why aren't more cyclists sectioned under the mental health act?

posted by hairyairey [290 posts]
28th May 2011 - 15:07

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Don't see the relevance - couldn't happen over here as only cyclists jump red lights in Britain Wink

posted by spen [84 posts]
29th May 2011 - 9:08

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Ok, i want a camera. That is the best crash video I've seen (no-one hurt, hooray).

Whatever I might think about Chiropractic (we have a "college" teaching it in Oxfordshire), that guy has mad acrobatic skills.

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posted by PJ McNally [587 posts]
29th May 2011 - 12:30

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