A Eugene man was hit by a car here at the intersection of West Fifth Avenue and Chambers Street. He’s in serious condition and was transferred from ICU Thursday.
Bicyclists told KEZI 9 News that wearing a helmet could’ve prevented some of these injuries.
Isaac Johnson rides his bike past this intersection every day.
“It’s five lanes. It’s pretty wide, and the cars on Chambers are doing 30-35 (miles per hour), sometimes faster, coming off the hill, so I just wait until there’s no traffic, and then I just go for it,” Johnson said.
Wednesday this area proved very dangerous after Michael Tackman was hit by a car there. Police officers say Tackman was riding his bike in the northbound lane of Chambers, but traveling southbound.
“Bicyclists have to follow the rules of the road just like the driver of a vehicle would, so if you have a designated bike lane that says you need to go north in that line, then you have to go north or south and vice versa,” said Officer Michael Klews, Eugene Police Department.
Tackman was also not wearing a helmet.
“There isn’t a law that specifically states that adults have to wear helmets, but just because there isn’t a law doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea,” Klews said.
Officers are more interested what the driver was doing before the crash.
“These are the things that people need to make that conscious decision about not to do in the first place, and it’s something that we fight against every single day and it’s hard to get that message across because it’s so easy to get away with it,” Klews said.
Bike safety advocates say this accident just reminds them how dangerous the roadways can be.
If you were at the intersection of Fifth and Chambers Wednesday afternoon around two police want to hear from you.