Monday, December 27, 2010

12 Year Old Boy Injured Enroute to School in Lower Makefield

According to the Bucks County Courier Times a 12 year old boy was injured as he was bicycling to Pennwood Middle School on Thursday December 23rd. The child was riding the bike through the intersection of Makefield and Big Oak roads at about 7:25 a.m. when he was struck by a Coca-Cola truck traveling west on Big Oak. The injuries were described as non-life threatening.

The article states - "The initial investigation indicates the boy was crossing at a red light when he was struck and that the truck was traveling at the school-zone speed limit at the time, according to police..."

It's not known if Police were monitoring the traffic speeds in the school zone (St. John the Evangelist) at the time, however flashing amber warning signs are in place on Big Oak Rd.

View Bicyclists Crashes 2008-2010 NJ and SE PA in a larger map

It should be noted that Lower Makefield Township has made efforts in the past to make walking and bicycling safer with an extensive but not totally connected network of off street paths. But every school district needs a comprehensive Safe Routes to School plan that encompasses education, engineering and enforcement.