Jared Graves, the former professional mountain biker from Australia, was involved in a serious cycling accident this morning. According to a post on his Instagram account, Graves was hit by a car while riding his road bike. The driver of the car apparently wasn't looking and turned into Graves, causing him to suffer a shattered kneecap, a broken foot, and multiple cuts and bruises.
The accident is a stark reminder of the dangers that cyclists face on the road. Despite the best efforts of cycling advocates and safety organizations, accidents like this still happen all too frequently. Whether it's due to distracted drivers, reckless behavior, or simply a lack of awareness, cyclists remain vulnerable on the roads.
Graves' post also expressed gratitude for the help he received from fellow cyclists Richie Rude and Soren Lukasick, who were able to assist him and get him the medical attention he needed. This is a testament to the strong community of support and camaraderie that exists among cyclists, who often look out for each other on and off the road.
At the same time, it's important to remember that accidents like this can have serious and lasting consequences for cyclists. In Graves' case, his injuries will require surgery and a lengthy recovery period, and it's unclear whether he'll be able to return to cycling competitively. This underscores the need for greater awareness and action to improve cycling safety, from better infrastructure to more education and awareness campaigns.
In the meantime, we wish Jared Graves a full and speedy recovery from his injuries. As cyclists and members of the wider community, we can all do our part to promote safer roads and greater respect for all users, whether they're on two wheels or four.