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San Francisco Bicycle Accident in SOMA

A San Francisco bicycle accident sent a woman cyclist to the hospital on Wednesday night.

The collision occurred on Folsom Street near 7th Street, in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood. A female cyclist, described as being in her 40s, was riding the wrong way on Folsom Street and rode into the intersection at 7th Street. According to SFPD Sergeant John Bragagnolo, the light was green for northbound traffic, but the bicyclist could not see that from her direction. A tow truck collided with her, causing her bicycle’s wheel to bend. Her condition has not been released, though witnesses say she may have sustained broken bones and a concussion. The driver of the tow truck stayed at the scene and cooperated with authorities. SFPD stated that he is not facing charges.

The accident occurred about a block away from where Amelie Le Moullac, 24, was killed in 2013. A new, brightly marked bike lane was added to Folsom Street.

Traveling in the opposite direction of traffic is incredibly dangerous, no matter what mode of transportation is used. Per California Vehicle Code section 212000, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle drivers. Additionally, California Vehicle Code section 21650 states that bicyclists must travel on the right side of the road in the direction of traffic, except when passing, making a legal left turn, riding on a one-way street, riding on a road that is too narrow, or when the right side of the road is closed due to road construction.

New to city riding? Local bicycle coalitions like the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and East Bay Bicycle Coalition offer urban cycling workshops for free. Avoid San Francisco bicycle accidents by familiarizing yourself with the rules of the road. The California Bicycle Coalition has summarized them here: http://www.calbike.org/bicycling-in-california/sharing-the-road/

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