Cyclist Struck in Ridgewood

Incident occurred at the intersection of Grove St. and S. Van Dien Thursday night.

A cyclist suffered minor injuries when he collided with a car Thursday night at the intersection of Grove St. and S. Van Dien Avenue, said.

According to Police Chief John Ward, an adult female from Ridgewood failed to fully stop at the stop sign at S. Van Dien as a group of cyclists were passing west-bound on Grove St.

The first cyclist managed to maneuver around the Honda Pilot but according to Ward, the preceding cyclist locked up his brakes and struck the side of the car. He complained of pain to his wrist but refused medical attention.

The driver received a traffic citation. Police said she may have misjudged the speed of the passing cyclists.

Ward, Ptl. Sean Amoruso, Ptl. Anthony Mormino and Ridgewood EMS responded to the accident.

Mark Ruckhaus August 03, 2012 at 02:06 AM
I hope the cyclist is OK. Looks like he is. And now, for you drivers: STOP means exactly what it says. It doesn't mean SLOW nor is there any fine print above the "Stop" saying "It is suggested you..." Not sure where the big hurry is, but many people only slow down at stop signs. Stopping and checking the traffic at a stop sign might cost you a couple extra seconds. Is that couple seconds you saved by only slowing down THAT important? Don't get me started with signalling... :-)
Moist Cake August 03, 2012 at 07:07 AM
Hey Mark, you should teach a driving class, I had no idea! Signalling? Whats that? Geez.....
RdgwdGRock August 03, 2012 at 02:09 PM
had my turn signal lever removed. also got rid of my brakes. lights? don't need'em. I figure if bergen county is like demolition derby, might as well roll this way. to me pedestrians are moving targets.
Mark Ruckhaus August 03, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Judging by what I see both here as well as in many other places, there are lots of people with no idea. :-) And, it seems the only signalling done around here is with the middle finger.
Richard Walsh August 04, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Hey! Mark! Judging from my 30,000 + miles on the road each year, the bikers road manners must be improved upon. They are supposed to follow the same rules as the autos but often drive 3 to 4 across the road, chatting as they hold up traffic. RW
RB August 04, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I agree 100% with Mr Walsh. The bikers are at times a little obnoxious, especially down Pleasant Avenue where they do ride 3 or 4 abreast. God forbid you honk at them to get over to the side.
Mark Ruckhaus August 05, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Hey, Richie-- Pedestrians are obnoxious too. Many walk into crosswalks without breaking stride, neither looking nor acknowledging that there's anything going on around them, thinking that traffic will automatically come to a halt. It should, but take a look both ways before crossing. And then there are the ones who don't care for crosswalks or are too lazy to walk 50 feet to a crosswalk, cross anywhere they damned well please and almost dare you to run them over. Cops will ticket you for not stopping for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. But when was the last time they wrote a ticket for a pedestrian who could care less? Bottom line: Pedestrians are obnoxious, cyclists are obnoxious and drivers are obnoxious. Can't we all get along? Probably not.


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