Sponsored cyclist: Heidi Clayton

Teen driver sends bicyclist to hospital

A woman was transported to the hospital with injuries requiring surgery after a teen, on his way to Mountain Pointe High School Thursday morning, struck her while making a right turn at Elliot Road and 48th Street, according to the Phoenix police.

According to Vechile Safety, “He didn’t signal or anything; he just turned in front of us,” said Steve Donaldson, who was riding in the group of bicyclists traveling south on 48th Street around 7:30 a.m. when the crash occurred.

Sgt. Chris Scranton said the student in Thursday’s crash was cited for making an unsafe turn. The victim had a shattered thumb and a possible broken back, according to Donaldson.

“The only law existing for cyclists is the 3-foot law,” which Donaldson said, requires motorists, when overtaking and passing a bicyclists, to give the rider at least a 3-foot safety margin, or face up to a $500 fine. Donaldson said the bicyclists had discussed defensive riding that morning and that he was wearing a fluorescent green ‘Share the road’ jersey when the crash occurred.

Sponsored cyclist: Josef Major

Friday, September 4, 2015 was another training day for pro triathlete Josef Major. With Ironman World Championships about 1 month away Josef was in the height of preparations. Riding the IMAZ bike course - and suffering 2 flats - Josef was finishing at dusk when he was hit by a car. Facial lacerations, dental injuries, broken ribs and dislocated shoulder meant several days in the hospital. Josef's foreign health care coverage didn't cover key elements of his care, including meals while hospitalized. TRIBE Multisport hosted a chip timed 5K run raising key funds to directly aid Josef's recovery.

Sponsored cyclist: Matt French

On August 26, 2015 chiropractor Matt French was commuting to his office in North Phoenix when he was hit by a vehicle. Elbow and rib injuries required surgery and will keep Matt from working for 4-6 weeks.

Not One More is joining the support for the Matt & Megan and their 2 young girls by
offering meal support. Please sign up for a time to deliver nourishment for the healing process and continued wishes for a complete recovery.

On March 1, 2015 while riding along Carefree Highway in Phoenix, cyclist Vania Black was hit by a horse trailer.

Vania suffered from numerous broken bones, a collapsed lung and a subdural hematoma. Vania was in a coma for three weeks. Fortunately, she woke up from her coma but has suffered some brain damage. Vania is currently in in-patient treatment for physical therapy. The biggest insult of all, Vania received a ticket from 'not being in the crosswalk' and a letter from the driver's insurance asking for payment of damages to the horse trailer.

In support of Vania's recovery, her friends have been very active organizing varied opportunities for the community to offer assistance.