Fort Worth mayor still recovering from bike accident

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by JONATHAN BETZ

WFAA

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 18 at 7:59 PM

FORT WORTH — Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price was still recovering Monday from a serious bike accident over the weekend.

Her office said she did not come to work and was not available for an interview after being hospitalized on Saturday for a broken collarbone and a concussion.

“She’s been meeting with the doctors today,” said city spokesman Jason Lamers in an e-mail to News 8, adding that Price may return to work as early as Tuesday.

“She’s trying very hard to follow the doctor’s advice of limiting her activities to only those necessary,” Lamers said.

Price, 62, hit a rut on a gravel stretch of the Trinity Trail about 300 yards west of Beach Street on Saturday. She flew over her bike’s handlebars.

Dispatch calls released to News 8 on Monday show it took paramedics a little more than three minutes to arrive. The mayor's office said she was in good spirits and expected to make a full recovery.

“Ouch! Fortunately, my helmet stayed on. It could’ve been worse,” Price wrote on her Facebook page Saturday. “I will be back on my bike soon.”

Price is well-known for using her road bike to get around Fort Worth. She leads bike rides for the public on Wednesday evenings, known as “rolling town halls,” to engage with constituents and encourage others to bike around Fort Worth.

Lamers said the mayor plans to make an appearance at Wednesday’s event.

“She’s definitely a strong rider,” said Trinity Bicycles owner Bernie Scheffler, who has ridden along with the mayor a few times. “I think the whole bicycling community is — more than anything — concerned.”

The mayor’s Saturday ride was a private one for Price. Her husband was with her and he called 911. Paramedics took the mayor to the hospital for evaluation.

Many in the cycling community are anxious to see Price back in the saddle. The mayor's staff will continue the weekly bike rides in her absence.

And Scheffler would welcome Price's return to the trails sooner rather than later — if not on her own bike, than as a passenger on his.

“If she’s ready to go — but not quite ready to ride her own bike — we’ll take her for a ride,” he offered.

E-mail jbetz@wfaa.com

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