Injured Boardman bicyclist stresses bike safety

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — Boardman bicyclist Jeremy Martin is recovering after a vehicle slammed into him while he was riding Sunday near Columbus.

He said he noticed a car waiting to turn into his path and made a mental note.

“I noticed this car was waiting to turn. It was going to turn through my path. So I made a little mental note of that, and sure enough the driver wasn’t paying attention, didn’t see me and just proceeded to turn left and speed up right where I was supposed to be riding, right into my lane,” Martin said.

The driver ended up hitting him, sending him flying through the air.

“She t-boned me and pretty much hit me head-on,” Martin said.

He bounced off her roof and did a few flips before landing. His left shoulder is separated and his knees took a big hit, but he was wearing a helmet and gloves, which likely prevented more serious injury.

Martin said things could have been a lot worse and credits his cycling habits, like knowing what’s around him, for not being more seriously injured. But he does need a new bike.

“If I had not noticed that this person was waiting to turn left, I could have just been chugging along on my way 22 to 23 miles and hour and I would have ended up t-boning her,” Martin said.

Martin, who has been riding for the past 20 years and has logged more than 4,000 miles on his bike, said he is sharing his story to raise awareness about bike safety.

“Cyclists, please just pay attention to everything that is going on around you. And for the motorists, I know we see all these stickers and everything to look out for motorcyclists, which I completely believe in, but also please watch out for us bicyclists too,” Martin said.

He said some motorists know absolutely everything that is going on and give him a wave or courtesy honk, but others just seem to be in their own little world.

He said he was training for a race when the accident happened on Sunday and he has set a goal to reach 5,000 miles this year.

Martin said he likes riding in Mill Creek Park.

Another local bicyclist talked Wednesday about about the number one issue he sees on the road.

“Texting. Everyone is texting out there and for some reason, they’re doing it while they’re driving,” said Kevin Guthrie, a manager at Outdoor Recreation Equipment in Boardman.

He said some drivers  share the road, but others do not.

“Give us a few feet so you’re not touching the mirror against someone’s elbow,” Guthrie said.

Riders should be sure to wear bright colors and have front and rear lights so drivers can see them.

 

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