UPDATE: The incident residents, including Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson, observed and believed to be a cyclist struck by a vehicle was not an accident. Baristanet has learned after inquiries to Montclair Police, that a 19-year-old male from Montclair was injured after he fell off his bicycle on Bellevue Avenue on July 30. Both witnesses and the injured cyclist confirmed that the fall did not involve a motor vehicle according to Montclair Police.
Lt. David O’Dowd tells Baristanet that the cyclist had bags on his bike that got caught in the spokes, causing him to fall off his bike. He was taken to University Hospital in Newark due to his injuries. The report does not indicate whether the cyclist was wearing a helmet.
“Seeing the cyclist on the ground injured and bloody, it’s understandable that passersby would assume the incident to be an accident involving a car, but that wasn’t the case,” said O’Dowd.
Following reports of a young bicyclist
struck by a vehicle injured near the corner of Grove and Bellevue last night, Montclair residents are petitioning Montclair Police Chief David Sabagh and the Montclair town council to aggressively enforce traffic laws in Montclair.
The petition, started by Elizabeth Ruebman, and posted on Change.org, already has comments from those who have signed, decrying dangerous conditions for pedestrians and bike riders.
Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson was aware of the accident, because he had been driving near the area when it happened. Jackson said the accident involved a young male on a bike who was attended to by Montclair Ambulance team members at the scene before being brought to the hospital. Jackson says the council is aware of the need to do more with regard to pedestrian and cyclist safety. “We are working on putting up more beacons and incorporating safety measures. We understand the issue and we understand the concern and we are trying to do more and will keep pressing on it.”
Jackson mentioned the need for speed enforcement and spoke of the Drive with Care program as another effort in place.
The petition reads:
Montclair has become increasingly dangerous for pedestrians and bike riders due to drivers ignoring traffic laws. We want our town to be safe for children (and other humans!) to walk and ride without being run down by dangerous drivers. The number of pedestrian and bike accidents is unacceptable and we are tired of waiting for city leadership to do something about it.
We want the MPD to:
-Aggressively enforce traffic laws with TICKETS, in particular, for failure to yield to pedestrians, passing stopped cars (often stopped for pedestrians), aggressive driving, and excessive speed. Post signs at entrance points to Township.
-Remind MPD officers that THEY must follow traffic laws, including yielding to pedestrians and not texting while driving, and enforce officers’ compliance with the laws.
-Assist school crossing guards with aggressive pursuit and ticketing of drivers who fail to yield to the guards.