IMPD officers work to protect bicyclists

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Two accidents in as many days, both involving kids on a bike, being hit by cars, and not following the rules of the road. Police are using both situations to urge you to protect yourself, and know the rules of the road.

On Saturday afternoon, IMPD officers responded to a bike crash on 30th Street and Fall Creek Parkway. They say a 15-year-old on a bike, who family has identified as Jordin Ross, was trying to cross 30th Street when he was hit by a car coming through the intersection on Fall Creek. At last check, Ross is in critical condition at Riley Hospital For Children.

On Friday night, police say a 12-year-old was hit by a car while on his bicycle on Southeastern Avenue. He, too, was critically injured.

That’s two serious crashes that could have been prevented.

“It’s cause for concern, and it makes us pause because you have two children who have head injuries, and potential loss of limbs,” says IMPD officer Christopher Wilburn.

He says protecting yourself is an easy thing to do.

“We’re asking people to just follow the traffic laws, know that we want you to go with the flow of traffic, and be aware of your surroundings, that’s so important.”

“Treat it like you’re a vehicle. If you’re gonna turn right, you’re gonna signal with your car to turn right. If you’re gonna turn left, you’re gonna make sure you look over your shoulder, don’t just dart across traffic because that’s unfortunately accidents happen,” says bicyclist Peter Lorenz.

He knows the rules of the road, and hopes others will learn them once and for all.

“You know, cars are big and bikers are small. As long as you’re aware of each other, then it’s a good cohabitation on the road.”

For more tips on how to protect yourself and be safe on the road, you can visit the IMPD website.

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