Riverside police responded to four separate accidents involving bicycles and motor vehicles last week, with three of the cyclists needing their injuries treated at local hospitals. There have been six such incidents reported in Riverside since mid-June.
On July 1 at about 2 p.m., police responded to the intersection of Forest Avenue and Longcommon Road, where a vehicle reportedly struck an 11-year-old Riverside boy on a bicycle as he crossed the street in the crosswalk. The boy never fell off his bike and was not seriously injured. The driver of the vehicle, who did stop to see if the boy was OK, left before police arrived.
Also on July 1 at about 5:40 p.m., a 19-year-old LaGrange Park man was ticketed after edging into the intersection at Longcommon and Addison roads, where his 1997 Ford van collided with a 41-year-old man from Brookfield on a bicycle.
Although the bicyclist actually struck the vehicle, which was inching into the intersection so the driver could see traffic on Longcommon Road, police issued two tickets to the driver of the van for failure to yield and failure to exercise due caution.
The bicyclist was taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for treatment of unspecified injuries.
Two more incidents took place on the afternoon of July 5. The first was at 1:50 p.m. outside 50 Forest Ave., where a 37-year-old Cicero man opened the door of his 2000 Ford Mustang into traffic and struck a bicyclist, who attempted to swerve out of the way, but could not. Police wrote several tickets to the driver of the Ford. The cyclist, who was not identified, was taken to Loyola Hospital to treat a hand injury.
At 3:50 p.m., a bicyclist who was headed westbound on Park Place reportedly was texting while riding and failed to see that a 2007 Honda was stopped in traffic, waiting for another vehicle to enter the roadway.
The unsuspecting bicyclist, a 19-year-old man from Brookfield, struck the Honda from behind. He was taken to Loyola University Medical Center by Riverside paramedics. The driver of the Honda, a 39-year-old Riverside woman, was not ticketed.
“With Riverside now having a marked bike path that runs through the village … it is extremely important that everyone pays attention and be aware of the bicycle traffic that is traveling through the village during the summer months,” said Police Chief Thomas Weitzel.