A woman who was riding her bike across a pedestrian section of the Berkley Bridge in Norfolk was hit by a SUV – and caught it all on video.
WAVY.com reported the bicyclist was making a video when she was involved in a crash involving a bridge tender on a pedestrian walkway adjacent to the road. Now, The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is investigating the incident.
Kelley Howell told WAVY.com she was on the pedestrian bridge Saturday afternoon when she was struck by a passing motorist. The video she shared with WAVY.com shows her being knocked to the ground.
This alarming incident illustrates the dangers that face cyclists and pedestrians routinely in locations such as the Berkley Bridge. I am relieved that the cyclist was not seriously injured.
While cyclists face dangers on roads you certainly don’t expect to be hit on pedestrian bridges and thoroughfares. Howell, a self-described bike safety advocate, documented her concerns through YouTube.
According to the WAVY report, VDOT has confirmed a bridge tender was driving the vehicle that hit the cyclist. That driver has been placed on administrative leave.
VDOT spokeswoman Jennifer Gwaltney said there are signs displayed prominently on the bridge advising pedestrians to be cautious of approaching vehicles.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation, steps may be taken to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists using the bridge, she said.
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