The Collision Chronicles

These are the collisions you won’t read about in the news. We publish information sent to us by victims and their friends and family. Most, but not all of them, are confirmed with the police before posting.

If you or a friend have been hit, please get a lawyer and educate yourself about your rights.

Collision Chronicles: Road rage on NE 16th between Tillamook and Thompson

Posted on November 4th, 2016 at 3:07 pm.

“The woman driving the car proceeds to call me a ‘faggot’ and to ‘ride on the sidewalk.'”
— Reader email about a road rage incident in northeast yesterday

This story is part of our Collision Chronicles, an ongoing series to shine a light on the steady stream of street interactions we hear about but that you probably won’t see covered in the news.

The incident below was sent in by a reader via email and it happened Thursday, November 3rd:

Hi there. I had a crazy incident occur earlier today…

So I’m riding my bike on NE 16th between Tillamook and Thompson. To give you backdrop, this is a designated bike route that is usually spare of vehicles and the type of road where I often see people running on the street. It’s a very calm, residential side-street with friendly drivers. Most of the time.

In any case, I’m approaching the stop sign at NE Thompson and while I’m within 10 feet of the sign a speeding vehicle tries to pass me. Like at the intersection. She brakes HARD and slides uncontrollably for around 5 feet. This was a roughly 2000 green Dodge Caravan with the front passenger side window busted out.[Read more…]

Collision Chronicles: NE 20th near I-84

Posted on October 10th, 2016 at 11:11 am.

Via email from G.M. on October 7th:

I witnessed part of a car-bike accident this afternoon just before 6pm on 20th just south of I84. The cyclist seemed to be hurt pretty bad – he went down face first – though he was conscious and one officer said he wasn’t going to be admitted with trauma. Along with other witnesses I gave a statement to the police. The one witness who saw the whole thing thought it was the driver’s fault. I am wondering if there’s any way to find out whether the driver was charged with anything. I am pretty sure he would have driven away if I hadn’t told him to get out of his car.

Collision Chronicles: Hit while walking bike at NE 47th and Broadway

Posted on October 10th, 2016 at 11:08 am.

This happened Friday, September 9th to reader L.W.:

Last Friday I was riding to a medical appointment and had dismounted my bike at Northeast 47th and Broadway waiting for the cross traffic to clear. Entered the intersection on the foot walking my bike when an oncoming van/truck with left turn indicator on entered the intersection and hit me.

Thank goodness I was on foot and I was able to jump back although was still injured. The driver would not have stopped except I dropped my bike and ran after him to get information to follow up. He was yelling at me because I was not “in a marked crosswalk” and I cited him the Oregon law as he had California plates and didn’t think I had the right-of-way on foot.
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Collision Chronicles: Roadway assault on North Skidmore near MLK (8/29/16)

Posted on September 7th, 2016 at 1:27 pm.


This story is part of our Collision Chronicles, an ongoing series to shine a light on the steady stream of scary street interactions we hear about but that you probably won’t see covered in the news.

 I never thought I’d be emailing anyone about something like this, but it finally happened to me.

I was assaulted by a driver on my short morning commute, Monday 8/29, around 7:20 am. I was following a driver from the MLK/Skidmore light west down Skidmore and he was driving erratically, slowing as if he was going to turn right several times. I thought he might be a uber/lyft driver, after the 2nd time I tried to go around him and he sped up, obviously taunting me and yelling, “Why the F are you riding my bumper?!”.
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Collision Chronicles: Road assault on MLK near Everett (8/30/16)

Posted on August 31st, 2016 at 11:32 am.

fee-quoteThis story was sent to us as a Subscriber Post by BikePortland reader Glenn Fee.

I Can’t Believe I’m Writing This

I’m not entirely sure where to begin, but I feel like I need to write it.

It’s been an understandably difficult few months for pedestrians and cyclists in Portland. As a committed cyclist and someone who simply enjoys being engaged in community issues, I’ve paid close attention to the collisions and near collisions that seem to be an all-too-common occurrence on our streets. Having two young children in North Portland, I was particularly upset yesterday when I heard about the young man who was hit on his way to Roosevelt High School. I used one of Bike Portland’s Tweets to ask Ted Wheeler about his commitment to Vision Zero, and I was pleased with the unqualified support for the policy.

On my way in to work this morning, it seemed that bike traffic coming down Vancouver was as heavy as it’s been all summer. I was thinking quite a bit about yesterday’s collision, and about how great it was to be among so many cyclists (strength in numbers, etc.). Then I had the scariest single experience in my five years of bicycle commuting in Portland.
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Hit-and-run in Sellwood (this week)

Posted on August 26th, 2016 at 1:10 pm.

Note: This is part of our Collision Chronicles project. Learn more here.

Received 8/26/16:


Just want to let you and the readers know that my friend [name redacted] was involved in a hit and run while he was riding in Sellwood this week.
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Bicycle rider collides with woman walking on Broadway Bridge (8/24/16)

Posted on August 26th, 2016 at 12:51 pm.

Note: This is part of our Collision Chronicles project. Learn more here.

Received 8/24/16:

So my colleague’s wife was walking on the Broadway bridge last Tuesday (2nd) and was hit by a bicyclist. She was hit so hard that she suffered a fractured skull, subdural hematoma, dislocated shoulder and 6 fractured vertebra. She has since become paralyzed in her arm. The bicyclist fled the scene after briefly stopping and telling someone else to call 911.
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Hit-and-run at 33rd and Belmont (8/16)

Posted on August 26th, 2016 at 12:44 pm.

Received 8/16/16

I’m a victim off hit and run this morning. Police report filed. No one got license plate number. Lots off witnesses. What resources are there for me? Still in mild shock and at hospital.
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Hit-and-run at NE Going and 15th (8/6/16)

Posted on August 26th, 2016 at 11:53 am.

More on The Collision Chronicles here.

Receieved 8/6/16:


My husband was struck by a hit & run white car At Going & NE 15th at that bike crossing August 5 at 11am
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The Collision Chronicles: The invisible collisions we need to see

Posted on August 26th, 2016 at 11:12 am.

I believe we’re at a turning point. We can cede our streets to dangerous people and vehicles, or we can stand and fight to reclaim them.

This isn’t a post I wanted to make.

For years now I’ve debated internally (both in my mind and in talks with colleagues) about what to do with all the messages we receive from people who have been involved in collisions. Things like hit-and-runs, collisions between people biking and walking, scary road rage behavior (a type of mental collision), and so on. Unfortunately there are more of these than you think. That’s because unless it’s a fatality/very serious injury or it has some novel or interesting aspect to it, the police don’t put out statements on them. And the local media won’t pay attention for similar reasons.

Even here at BikePortland, we don’t always have the time or the inclination to make a full, Front Page story out of each collision story we receive — no matter how sad they are for those involved.

As a result, all these collisions, all this carnage, all these people’s lives changed forever, go unnoticed by the public, the media, policymakers and elected officials. This has nagged at me in these past few weeks more than ever as I’ve been forced to come to acknowledge that our roads are indeed becoming more dangerous for unprotected users.
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