It’s windy out there. Very windy.
This afternoon there were reports of trees and branches falling all over the region. Before leaving the office for the day, Jonathan posted the following tweet:
I’ll be riding in the middle of the lane the whole way home today so I don’t get crushed by any fallen trees. Yikes!
— BikePortland (@BikePortland) November 11, 2014
Then, what he’d posted in jest actually happened to an unlucky woman riding downtown.
According to a Portland Police Bureau report, a woman who was biking in downtown Portland survived a tree falling on her in the bike lane. It happened just after 4 p.m., according to police. She received “traumatic but not life-threatening injuries.”
Check out a photo of the tree and the full PPB press release below the jump…
The Oregonian tweeted a photo of the tree…
— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) November 12, 2014
And here’s more info on the woman who was hit by the tree via the PPB:
On Tuesday November 11, 2014, at 4:12 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest Naito Parkway and Morrison Street on the report that a large tree fell onto the roadway and struck a passing cyclist and landed on an occupied vehicle.
Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the bicycle rider who was suffering from traumatic but not life-threatening injuries. She has been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment. Occupants of the vehicle were not injured by the falling tree.
Presently, both northbound lanes of Naito Parkway are blocked and only one southbound lane is open. No time estimate is available to have the road re-opened due to several reports of trees down in Portland.
Drivers should use alternate routes, such as Southwest 2nd Avenue for northbound and Southwest 3rd Avenue for southbound.
Did you ride in the wind tonight? How’d it go for you?
Michael Andersen was news editor of BikePortland.org from 2013 to 2016 and still pops up occasionally.