. . . at the Bike the Drive 2011, according to the Sun-Times Media Wire.
I saw two accidents: one as it happend, and passed by another few minutes after.
The former involved one female rider, who fell for no apparent reason—her bicycle suddenly stopped, she fell flat on the pavement with her cruiser landing on a top of her. She was probably bruised pretty badly, hopefully with no bones broken. This happened within two miles from the Museum of Science and Industry, on the southbound side of LSD.
The latter was more serious, and involved at least two riders. When I passed the site of this accident (just south of that seasonal restaurant at the Oak Street beach), I saw one biker sitting on the ground and another laying on his left side, unconscious. They were surrounded by about a dozen riders, who stopped to help and alert other bikers; the fog was particularly dense there.
I haven't found anything on the net about either of these crashes.
Has anyone? If so, does anyone know any details? Is everybody all right?
I wonder if the second accident you mentioned was the one I saw as well. I was in about that same area when all traffic headed south was stopped to carry a guy across to an ambulance. I hope he is ok I haven't heard anything else.
Between the fog and the misting, I was surprised at the number of riders who turned out for the event. I enjoyed the ride, but I wish I had windshield wipers on my glasses. I have to admit, I am surprised that there weren't any major accidents, but it is good to know no major injuries have been reported.
Sounds like it was a circus out there on the LSD. The normal roads were pretty clear of lancers and nufreds alike -so I don't think I missed anything. Hopefully no serious injuries amongst the many participants. It is almost a certainty that with that many riders in one area there are going to be a couple that will inevitably wreck.
We passed the gentleman who had the heart attack, just as the FD was pulling up. Hope the guy's going to be OK.
Mostly everyone seemed to be well-behaved, I thought. The freds generally stayed to the left and we slowpokes kept to the right.
This was our first BTD, but it won't be the last. I posted some pix on my blog, Mr. Pither: