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Bicyclist crashes into woman walking on Centennial Trail

Virginia Pearsall was hospitalized after being knocked down from behind by a bicyclist as she walked on the Centennial Trail on Sept. 29, 2017. (Courtesy)
Virginia Pearsall was hospitalized after being knocked down from behind by a bicyclist as she walked on the Centennial Trail on Sept. 29, 2017. (Courtesy)

UPDATE, Oct. 8, 2017 -- Pedestrian considers suing cyclist who ran her down on Centennial Trail; cyclist interviewed for his side of story -- See this and more in this followup report.

TRAILS -- I often see and hear about close calls between cyclists and walkers on the Spokane River Centennial Trail.  Sure it can go both ways.

I've seen walkers in groups rudely taking up the entire trail as others approached, or walkers with dogs on leashes stretched across the trail, and walkers with unleashed dogs....

But the most dangerous lack of etiquette involves cyclists who think the paved route is a fast lane for their selfish desires.  

It's up to bicyclists to slow down and make way for pedestrians. But some cyclists on the trail take on the mentality of the pickup-driving rednecks that threaten bikes on the roads. It's so ironic.

On Sept. 22, a Spokane was hospitalized after being nailed from behind by a speeding cyclist on the trail in Kendall Yards. 

KHQ's Hayley Guenthner has the story here.

Read the comments below the story to get an even better picture of the problem, including people trying to justify the cyclist's actions and comments from a witness on what an ass the cyclist was.

The dude needs to be caught and prosecuted.   Spokane authorities shouldn't turn their backs on this sort of behavior on our city trails.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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