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A runner learned the hard way the importance of paying attention during training runs after he was hit by a cyclist. The runner, who was wearing headphones, took a hard left to do a U-turn on his run just as the cyclist was attempting to pass on the left.

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As described in the video, which so far has garnered 90,000 views, the cyclist was commuting home on May 12 when he yelled out “on your left” at the oncoming runner, a common practice to notify those ahead of you that you will be passing.

The cyclist soon realized that he didn’t yell loud enough but before he could react, the two collided. Both end up in the grassy area adjacent to the path, fortunate since crashing onto the pavement would be considerably worse. It’s unclear whether the path had a speed limit for cyclists.

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The video was posted the day after the collision occurred. Whenever running with headphones, it’s advised that you keep the music at reasonable levels to ensure you can hear approaching vehicles or people. Maintaining spatial awareness by checking over your shoulder is also important when running on paths, trails, sidewalks or roads.


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5 Comments

  • niceguy86 says:

    The runner should have checked before crossing. The cyclist should have slowed down.

    • Dustin Meyer says:

      No, the cyclist did not need to slow down. Do you change lanes in your car without looking over your shoulder and checking mirrors? This is purely the runner’s fault.

      • niceguy86 says:

        And even if you see a child ahead, you don’t slow down? My point is to bike (and drive) expecting the other person to do the wrong thing.

    • Heck LeHeck says:

      Some will disagree with you, but you’re quite correct. Situational awareness takes all factors into consideration. As a former competitive cyclist who commutes via a busy multi-use trail, I anticipate sudden random events when I am passing. A parent with a toddler learning to ride a bike – I slow down. Passing someone on horseback – I slow down. A dog on a leash – I slow down. Approaching a person wearing headphones – I slow down. In the video, had the runner checked before crossing there would have been no collision. And had the cyclist slowed down when he spotted the runner was wearing headphones, the collision likely would not have occurred. And if there was still a collision, it would have been less severe.

  • niceguy86 says:

    I cycle defensively. Watch out for the other guy.. Always.

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