Gary Anderson really didn't want to be reminded that this was Boise Bike Week. When he looked at photos of his badly damaged Schwinn cruiser, he winced.
"My bike was really my only source of transportation," said Anderson, 61.
But for now, Anderson is walking, and that's doubly difficult considering he's recovering from a serious bike accident involving a Boise Police Department cruiser.
"I'm hurting, especially right here," said Anderson, reaching to his lower right hip.
Anderson said when he was hit on the evening of May 2 he was thrown from his cycle, "maybe as much as 20 feet."
Because the crash involved a Boise Police vehicle, the Ada County Sheriff's Office has taken over the investigation.
"They call it conflicting out," said Andrea Dearden, public information officer for ACSCO. "We'll hand over everything we have to the prosecutors, who will decide charges or citations, if those are appropriate."
At 9:40 p.m. on May 2, Anderson was on his way to his custodial job at Boise State, where he works the graveyard shift Sundays through Thursdays. Because he travels at night, Anderson said he had two lights on the front of his bike--one on each handlebar--and another light on his seat. Traveling south on Sixth Street, a one-way thoroughfare, Anderson said he had a green light to proceed through the Sixth and Front streets intersection. But that's where he was hit by a north-bound police vehicle, traveling the wrong way on a one-way street.
"But, bam," he said, clapping his hands. "The next thing I know, I was hit by a police cruiser, and the vehicle was coming from the wrong direction."
Dearden confirmed that the police officer had his emergency lights on.
"He was not in pursuit but he was responding to a call," said Dearden.
Anderson was rushed to St. Luke's Boise Medical Center, where several X-rays were taken (he didn't break anything), and he was given some pain medication.
Anderson guessed that he has already paid approximately $100 in out-of-pocket medical expenses, though his job, which he has had for 11 years, provides him medical insurance.
"But I still have to get to work somehow," he said. Anderson said he has already been contacted by a representative from Intermountain Claims, representing the City of Boise, regarding the accident. And he's obviously skipping this week's Boise Bike Week activities.
"Right now, more than anything, I need a bike."