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Graham student bicyclist involved in collision with vehicle

At least three crashes involving Graham students this year prompt school to focus on bicycle safety

A Graham Middle School student collided with a car at the corner of Hans and Phyllis avenues on Nov. 17.

A Graham Middle School student bicyclist collided with a vehicle at the corner of Hans and Phyllis avenues after school last Wednesday, Nov. 17.

The crash occurred at roughly 3:30 p.m. and the student was transported to an area hospital with moderate injuries, Mountain View Police Department spokesperson Katie Nelson said in an email. Nelson added that "it does not appear the vehicle was at fault."

Last week's collision marks the third crash between a bicycle and car this year involving Graham students that the Mountain View Whisman School District is aware of, district spokesperson Shelly Hausman said in an email.

"We are very concerned about students' safety on their way to and from school," Hausman said. "This is a time in students' lives when they are learning to be more independent, and many of them are still learning the rules of the road."

According to Hausman, Graham parents have hosted community bike safety rides this fall to help students practice their skills and Principal Heidi Galassi has spoken with students about bicycle safety. The school is also planning a bicycle safety unit for physical education classes and is working with the city of Mountain View to create a community committee focused on bike safety for kids, Hausman said.

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She declined to release further information about last week's crash, such as the student's grade level and current condition, citing privacy concerns.

Other local school districts have also experienced collisions involving students this fall, prompting school officials and law enforcement to urge everyone to practice caution when walking, biking and driving near schools.

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Graham student bicyclist involved in collision with vehicle

At least three crashes involving Graham students this year prompt school to focus on bicycle safety

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Mon, Nov 22, 2021, 1:29 pm

A Graham Middle School student bicyclist collided with a vehicle at the corner of Hans and Phyllis avenues after school last Wednesday, Nov. 17.

The crash occurred at roughly 3:30 p.m. and the student was transported to an area hospital with moderate injuries, Mountain View Police Department spokesperson Katie Nelson said in an email. Nelson added that "it does not appear the vehicle was at fault."

Last week's collision marks the third crash between a bicycle and car this year involving Graham students that the Mountain View Whisman School District is aware of, district spokesperson Shelly Hausman said in an email.

"We are very concerned about students' safety on their way to and from school," Hausman said. "This is a time in students' lives when they are learning to be more independent, and many of them are still learning the rules of the road."

According to Hausman, Graham parents have hosted community bike safety rides this fall to help students practice their skills and Principal Heidi Galassi has spoken with students about bicycle safety. The school is also planning a bicycle safety unit for physical education classes and is working with the city of Mountain View to create a community committee focused on bike safety for kids, Hausman said.

She declined to release further information about last week's crash, such as the student's grade level and current condition, citing privacy concerns.

Other local school districts have also experienced collisions involving students this fall, prompting school officials and law enforcement to urge everyone to practice caution when walking, biking and driving near schools.

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Randy Guelph
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Cuernavaca
on Nov 22, 2021 at 2:34 pm
Randy Guelph, Cuernavaca
Registered user
on Nov 22, 2021 at 2:34 pm

What's going on with the passive voice in the headline? Shouldn't it be something closer to "Automobile driver hits child with their car"?

What does it say about how we've structured our lives that we're blaming a middle school student for getting hit by a car, rather than the presumed adult driver of the car?


gcoladon
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Slater
on Nov 22, 2021 at 3:09 pm
gcoladon, Slater
Registered user
on Nov 22, 2021 at 3:09 pm

@Randy has it occurred to you that the cyclist may have hit the car while the driver was driving properly, or even while stopped? Whose fault would it be then? What headline would you have written in that case?


Randy Guelph
Registered user
Cuernavaca
on Nov 22, 2021 at 3:54 pm
Randy Guelph, Cuernavaca
Registered user
on Nov 22, 2021 at 3:54 pm

If that's what happened, the headline should say it. This smacks of tortured "officer-involved shooting" constructions, and it's disappointing for a former district trustee to be blaming the child here.

I may be a simple man, but shouldn't it be incumbent on the person operating the multi-ton vehicle to be responsible and careful with how they operate it?


carmen
Registered user
Cuesta Park
on Nov 22, 2021 at 3:56 pm
carmen, Cuesta Park
Registered user
on Nov 22, 2021 at 3:56 pm

Randy,

I agree with gcoladon, I have seen Graham students bicycling against the traffic, in the middle of Castro street, just passing El Camino Real, before the intercession of Castro and Church, literally putting the drivers in danger, against the traffic in the middle of the street and purposely driving in a way to cause a major accident. I couldn't believe it! I saw it!


Nora S.
Registered user
Rex Manor
on Nov 23, 2021 at 12:59 pm
Nora S., Rex Manor
Registered user
on Nov 23, 2021 at 12:59 pm

I have no idea what happened in this instance, but if a bicyclist were to unexpectedly swerve into traffic without signaling or having the right of way and is hit by a vehicle, whose fault would that be in your opinion?

I think this article is appropriately agnostic as to the blame in this case.


James Thurber
Registered user
Shoreline West
on Nov 29, 2021 at 4:16 pm
James Thurber, Shoreline West
Registered user
on Nov 29, 2021 at 4:16 pm

As an avid bicycle rider (I don't own a car) I see my fellow riders behaving MOST inappropriately. Age should have nothing to do with it. Got a stop sign? STOP!

Come up to a red light? Ditto. STOP. If the light doesn't change in a reasonable amount of time treat it like a stop sign and go . . . WHEN IT IS SAFE.

Is it dark outside? Do you have lights on your bike?

There are remarkably few bicycle / vehicle accidents when one considers the foolish riding that goes on about and around town. Remember, cyclists, that the car ALWAYS has the right of way. ALWAYS . . . ALWAYS . . . ALWAYS. Why? They weigh more than you do. That's the Navy rule regarding right-of-way. The larger vessel ALWAYS gets right-of-way.


Randy Guelph
Registered user
Cuernavaca
on Nov 29, 2021 at 5:13 pm
Randy Guelph, Cuernavaca
Registered user
on Nov 29, 2021 at 5:13 pm

James, your right of way rules may be a pithy way to win an argument, but it's hardly a way to run a society. Does it apply to cars vs pedestrians? Bikes vs pedestrians? Big rig trucks vs cars? Adult pedestrians vs children?

Let's stop the victim blaming and think about if multiple children getting seriously injured by cars is really a reasonable situation.


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