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Posted at 11:12 PM ET, 04/29/2010

Bicyclist injured in Reston collision

By Erica Johnston

A bicyclist was struck and critically injured in Reston Thursday evening, Fairfax County police said.

The man collided with a Saturn sedan on Sunrise Valley Drive at Barton Hill Road about 6 p.m., said Officer Bud Walker, a police spokesman. The bicyclist was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital with life-threatening injuries, Walker said.

Police released no other information about the bicyclist.

The cause of the crash was still under investigation, but speed and alcohol were not believed to be factors, Walker said.

-- Clarence Williams

By Erica Johnston  | April 29, 2010; 11:12 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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Since moving to Reston a year ago I've seen numerous close-calls between motorists and pedestrians or cyclists. The problem? NOBODY---on any front---is paying full attention to their surroundings. I once saw somenoe running with an iPod on who was nearly struck as she ran straight ahead towards the "WALK" signal, not even bothering to look left or right "just in case", and sure enough there was someone making a right-on-red right into her path. Some of the cyclists in Reston have the mentality of "outta my way" and can often bully pedestrians and even motorists out of the way. Motorists themselves are too busy texting to pay full attention. When I was running IN Wiehle Avenue shortly after our February storms (due to the sidewalks being impassable) I was nearly struck several times. Reston was supposed to be a cyclist- and pedestrian-friendly community, hence why I chose to move here. It has proven itself to be anything but.

Posted by: Restonian23 | April 30, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Restonian23 is correct. Nobody is paying attention or following the rules of the road. Cyclists ignore traffic signals, even when traffic is heavy. Drivers are distracted by phones, coffee, newspaper, etc. Runners are off in la-la land with their iPods turned up to 11.

That said, Reston is still better than most areas. Ashburn seems to be the worst of the outer-suburbs - I've never so many drivers sitting right on the edge of a nervous breakdown.

Posted by: HerndonBiker | April 30, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

runners:leave the tunes at home if you value your life.
drivers:hang up the effing phone.

Posted by: DadRyan | April 30, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Last spring, there was a similar incident, also resulting in an airlift. When you're coming down Sunrise, if you turn right on Barton Hill Road by the soccer field, there is a blind intersection with a bicycle and pedestrian path. Most of the cyclists don't stop. In last year's incident, the cyclist struck the side of a minivan.

Sunrise Valley Drive itself is also very busy at that time of day and there is a pretty high volume of "racing cyclists" who ride down Sunrise itself nearing automobile speeds through that stretch as well.

The only other spot in Reston that is more hazardous for cyclist/motorist interactions is where the W&OD crosses Wiehle.

Posted by: rnorwood01 | April 30, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I live in Reston. It's the only place in Virginia I would live. If your driving get off the phone. If your running leave your electronics at home and enjoy the natural sounds ,AND you'll be able to hear the sounds that may kill you. If you ride a bike slow down, respect walkers/runners, and follow the rules of the road.

Posted by: jckdoors | April 30, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

totally agree with previous posters...

last night, my gf and i were just leaving the house (in reston) for a ride when we heard some sirens, not thinking too much of it. when we made our way down sunrise valley towards barton hill, we saw the accident reconstruction unit had taped the area off, and police were speaking with several witnesses. then, we saw what was left of the guy's bike...yikes. really hope he's able to pull through. it was not a pretty scene.

agree with rnorwood...that area is so dangerous. i guess you could call it the "valley" in sunrise valley rd. it's at the botton of long hills coming from both directions, so both cars and bikers generate a lot of speed regardless of which way they're coming from. we see close calls in this area on a daily basis.

reston is marketed as biker and pedestrian friendly, but it's actually quite dangerous. both motorists and cyclists are often aggressive, distracted, or both, which creates a dangerous environment.

part of the problem is that reston doesn't have dedicated bike lanes. reston is full of runners and bikers and triathletes, and the best mixed use trail in the area (W & OD) runs smack dab through the middle of it, and they don't have bike lanes? for all the great planning the creators and developers of reston have done, not creating dedicated road bike lanes is turning out to be a huge oversight.

again, really hope the guy is able to make a full recovery, no matter what the circumstances surrounding the accident were.

Posted by: bpjizay | April 30, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

@biker who is seriously injured --

c'mon, pull through buddy! hang in there!!!!!

Posted by: slydell | April 30, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

>>reston is marketed as biker and pedestrian friendly, but it's actually quite dangerous. both motorists and cyclists are often aggressive, distracted, or both, which creates a dangerous environment.

There are 50+ miles of pathway that will take you anywhere in Reston. Throughout most of Reston south of the toll road, you can take pathways that will prevent you from having to be next to roadways or even cross them!

Reston is one of the finest suburbs in the country for getting around via biking or walking. The integration of parkland and housing developments throughout its vast area is outstanding.

This is one of the one faulty areas in Reston because there is not very good access from the top the intersection at South Lakes and Sunrise Valley to the W&OD via pathway except detouring through next to Thoreau Place. It can use work and hopefully this accident will draw attention to the need.

Posted by: slydell | April 30, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

>>"There are 50+ miles of pathway that will take you anywhere in Reston. Throughout most of Reston south of the toll road, you can take pathways that will prevent you from having to be next to roadways or even cross them!"

The pathways you're talking about are neighborhood walkways, which are occupied by families walking with babies in strollers, young children, and dogs. They are not bike lanes (they're not even on roads for that matter). And they are hadly suitable for hardcore cyclists going 30 mph. Apples and oranges.

Posted by: bpjizay | April 30, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

RE: There are 50+ miles of pathway that will take you anywhere in Reston. Throughout most of Reston south of the toll road, you can take pathways that will prevent you from having to be next to roadways or even cross them!

You're right. . . there are paths. However, these paths for walking around Reston are not the equivalent of dedicated bike lanes. Any good urban/suburban community has bike lanes on their roadways. The Reston "planners" may want to look at SF, Portland, or Arlington for examples.

Posted by: bogwonn | April 30, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Clearly driver, cyclist, and pedestrian attention to traffic is a problem. IMO, what we want is to change from a system where traffic lights tell us explicitly what to do such that people fail to use their senses to more intersections governed by roundabouts where your powers of observation are necessary to navigate though it.

Statistically, it has been shown that roundabouts -- instead of traffic circles and rotaries -- are much safer than signaled intersections.

Posted by: invisiblehand | April 30, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Cyclist is my brother. I don't live in Reston so can't vouch for its cycle-friendliness. But I do know these things can happen anytime, anywhere. At the very least, it's a good reminder to do our best to be aware and keep each other safe out there.

Thanks to everyone sending positive thoughts, we can use all of them.

Posted by: girltuesday | April 30, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

@HerndonBiker - Oddly enough, I've never had any trouble biking in Ashburn. Admittedly, I avoid rush hour, but I've gone out to the bike shop from the W&OD (3-4 miles off the trail?) around 6:30 PM and middle of the day on the weekends. Never had a close call, no honking drivers. No bike lanes. And Ashburn Village Blvd is known for speed demons.

My thoughts are with the cyclist. Hang in there, my man.

Posted by: stacey2545 | April 30, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

GIRLTUESDAY, if you have a second could you please contact me. I was one of the first on the scene with your brother, holding his hand, trying to comfort him. I have been thinking about him and his family day in and day out, hour by hour. Please email me at kmwooten04@hotmail.com

Posted by: kmwooten04 | May 2, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

To the brother: Your brother was a friend who I rode w/often before he moved to Reston. We are saying lots of prayers and hope he is making a speedy recovery.

Posted by: chaffinjm | May 4, 2010 6:39 AM | Report abuse

I am another sister of the cyclist--he has four...and three brothers.

Awareness! Yes! and in this present moment my awareness brings me to gratitude for the thoughts and prayers of strangers who are now as family. Thank you!

My prayers are also with the driver of the vehicle. Comfort, peace, assurance, forgiveness. May we all be well.

Posted by: pamelady62 | May 4, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

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