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Roosevelt Way closed by motorcycle accident

July 30th, 2013 by Mike

Just before 5 p.m. today a motorcyclist flipped his bike at Northeast 105th Street. The responding emergency vehicles temporarily closed the street.

At about 5:15 p.m. Holly emailed:

Roosevelt Way Northeast is currently blocked off right now due to a recent accident in front of my house. A single motorcyclist apparently flipped his red motorcycle. A bystander said it looked like his breaks locked on him although this is unverified. It looks like no other cars were involved, thankfully! Police, fire dept and medics were all on scene. He seemed to be okay as the medics were not in any rush to take him away in the ambulance.

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Open letter – and an apology – to a Maple Leaf bicyclist

June 11th, 2012 by Mike

We hear a lot about the “war” between cars and cycles. It even crops up, benignly, in the comments on our Northgate Station post earlier this month.

On Friday we got a different kind of story from Sarah, who wanted to reach out to a cyclist she and her husband almost hit in one of our roundabouts.

The incident apparently ended with the cyclist screaming at the car, and Sarah and her husband – cyclists themselves – distressed.

“I didn’t like how things were left; of course there was no opportunity for communication,” she writes. “But we are neighbors up here and I feel like it’s important that we all be on the same team, especially with rising crime in our city, etc. I’d like to think he was just having a bad day and is not naturally this violent a person, but I was totally shaken by this.

“Is there any chance you could post the following open apology to this fellow, just in case he might happen to see it? The thing I love about Maple Leaf is how tightly knit the community is; this morning was a sad thing, and I want to feel like maybe we can make amends.”

Her open letter is below: [

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Vehicle flips, trapping woman, in Maple Leaf accident

June 5th, 2012 by Mike

A woman was trapped inside a Nissan Scion in Maple Leaf this afternoon after a two-car collision at the intersection of Northeast 79th Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

“Neighbors were on the scene within seconds; police within a couple of minutes, followed by fire trucks and aid vehicles,” emails Linda, who sent the photo above. The accident occurred just before 3 p.m.

City dispatch records show fire units were dispatched between 2:59 and 3:11 p.m. The accident was dispatched as a “heavy rescue,” involving well over a dozen units.

We couldn’t tell how she was. “We couldn’t tell how she was. She was in shock but coherent; they had to cut the back of the car off to get her out.

“This is a terrible intersection — this is the second flipped-over vehicle accident I’ve seen. Other smaller collisions occur, too, and we often hear and see near-collisions.”

Linda said cars speed up the the hill heading eastbound on 79th from Fifth Avenue Northeast toward Roosevelt Way Northeast, especially if cars are backed up from the light at Fifth and Northeast 80th Street.

“Our neighbors on the corner have inquired about getting a traffic circle here, but the City said there is no budget and it isn’t a real problem. I’d say it’s an extremely real problem.”

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