A bicyclist was hit on UAA Drive Monday morning at 7:30. UAA student Elizabeth Kubitskey was present at the time, and said it was a minivan that hit the bicyclist.
Kubitskey said that the biker was several feet away from his bike, on his back with his feet in the air when she first saw him.
Patrol Officer Eric Christian said that the injuries were not life threatening. The biker wore a helmet.
“It was one of those cases where the vehicle goes in, the bicyclist goes in, they stop. Then start going the same time,” Christian says.
Because of the warm weather, more students chose not to use the spine above UAA drive, Christian said.
The current layout of UAA Drive gives pedestrians the right of way. Lights activate when pedestrians cross, but some cars do not yield or stop.
Christian offered his observations after five hours of conducting traffic at this area:
“From what I’ve noticed, it seemed like the congestion started when two students would go through, cars would wait, one car would go through, three students would go through: you just have this pass and go that doesn’t help. So if you let the traffic go for about 30 seconds, have the students wait, let the big groups build up—you can let 20 vehicles go through in a minute and a half. That seemed a lot smoother then just two people cross, one car goes through.”
Christian said that he spoke with students and faculty who agreed that this format was more efficient.
UPD continues to monitor UAA drive whenever necessary. Though Christian said that if it becomes too time-consuming, UPD will have to find an alternative notice for pedestrians and motorists, such more warning signs.
Kubitskey wrote on her Facebook profile, “Drivers on campus are jerks. I’m sure it wont happen EVERY DAY, but this isn’t gonna be the last time.”
The APD officer who handled the investigation was unavailable. The full report is expected by Thursday at 8am. Though the Anchorage Fire Department responded to the scene, they could not identify any of the bicyclist’s information because of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).