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Trike rider struck in Thailand

Trike Asylum reader and overland triker Steven Telck will be trike touring later this year in Thailand. He is part of a small group of enthusiastic cyclists who tour together. He explains about a group friend who was hit recently while on his recumbent trike:

“One of our team riders, who is recovering from an injury, was hit while touring in Thailand and doing his charity work.  Seems a driver was impatient, and decided to pass on the safety margin, and hit his rear wheel and flipped him over.  New rear wheel, and a little time for a hairline crack to a collar bone, and he will be cycling with us again this coming November.  He has nearly no use in his right arm after his stroke and his right leg is down to 80% strength.”


This is sad: Here a man is doing charity work using his tricycle, and an impatient auto driver takes him out on an open straight road with little traffic and a large shoulder in clear sunny weather! I do hope the driver was identified and appropriately penalized for causing this unnecessary accident. Hopefully also this cyclist’s financial outlays were paid for by the person responsible! Always be very attentive to the car traffic behind you while triking, even in these “perfect” riding conditions – assume nothing.


4 responses

  1. armadillozack

    Ouch…! Not a great day for this rider, and all to frequent a sight these past few years as we see a lot of our friends experiencing injuries while out on a ride, and one that comes to mind right away is Mathew Galat from the Ja Yoe website who was spared after being hit from behind by a truck, and leaving poor Matt flopping around the ground like a fish out of water.. And I to was near run down having to bang on the hood of this woman’s Escalade with my cane, in order to get her to stop, and another was a car that passed a truck on it’s right side and knocking my mirror completely off my handle bars, and never stopped either to see if I was all right…! And a lot of others who have experienced the same or worse.. It’s a crazy world we live in today, and is just getting worse every day.. Please ride safe, and there is always heightened security when riding in groups.. So get out there have fun, and watch your partner’s back as he watches yours…

    August 25, 2017 at 6:09 am

  2. Robert

    Hey car driver: you’re sitting in a comfortable seat surrounded by air conditioning. There’s music and more than likely a refreshing beverage. You don’t have to do one iota of work to make your vehicle go, and yet you can’t show a little patience? Really? As for you cyclist you can do your part as well. Are you holding back a line of cars? Get over and let them by. A little consideration and courtesy from both sides would alleviate 99% of the conflict on the road

    August 25, 2017 at 8:58 am

  3. Ed

    With the advent of bicycle cameras, these hit and run folks days, may be coming to an end. If nothing else they will end up footing the bills for bad / illegal driving practices. The roads belong to us all, so share them safely.

    August 26, 2017 at 8:00 am

  4. steven telck

    Rider was in the safety median and hit when the driver thought he could sneak pass stopped traffic. Lucky for my friend only the rear wheel and his pride was damaged. In the picture above the rider of the trike is sitting in the safety lane and yes they are that wide in many places in Thailand. Generally only used by motorcycles and bicycles and other slower vehicles. The car parked in the picture is the car that hit Khun Chit the rider of the trike. The driver had to stop as Khun Chit had four or five people riding with him at the time and couldn’t just ignore the issue. At this time Khun Chit tells me his trike is pulling slightly to the right. I am hoping it is a toe in problem, but most likely his rear stay is slightly bent. When I get to see him I will try to make a few measurement to see if this is true or not.

    November 2, 2017 at 4:13 pm