Man dies while biking on Bike to Work Day

May 15, 2008 2:09:51 PM PDT
A 66-year-old man died this morning after crashing his bicycle while commuting to his job at San Francisco International Airport on the Bay Area's Bike to Work Day, according to the San Mateo County Parks and Recreation.

The man was found by another cyclist around 6 a.m. in the northwest corner of Coyote Point Park near the Peninsula Humane Society, San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Director Dave Holland said.

A preliminary investigation determined the man crashed into a 3- to 4-foot tall wood fence sometime between 5 and 6 a.m., according to Holland.

The man, who was wearing a helmet when he crashed, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"What caused him to ride into the fence we don't know," Holland said, but added authorities speculated the man might have had a medical condition.

Thousands of Bay Area residents were expected to ride their bicycles to work today in celebration of the region's Bike to Work Day.

The crash is Coyote Point Park's first reported fatal bicycle