Even President Bush gets out and rides.
Published - Jul 06 2005 07:00PM EDT || AP
GLENEAGLES, Scotland(AP) President Bush collided with a local
police officer and fell during a bike ride on the grounds of the Gleneagles golf
resort while attending a meeting of world leaders Wednesday.
Bush suffered "mild to moderate" scrapes on his hands and arms that required
bandages by the White House physician, said White House spokesman Scott
McClellan. The accident occurred on asphalt, McClellan said. It was raining
lightly at the time, and Bush was wearing a helmet.
Police said the officer suffered a "very minor" ankle injury.
The officer was on a security detail. He is a member of the police department of
Strathclyde, McClellan said.
The president talked with the officer to make sure he was all right, and also
asked White House physician Richard Tubb to monitor the officer's condition at
The presidential bike suffered some damage, McClellan said, so Bush rode back to
the hotel in a Secret Service vehicle.
The fall did not affect the president's schedule. Dressed in a tuxedo, he
attended a dinner hosted by Queen Elizabeth at the annual Group of Eight
economic summit. He showed no signs of distress.
A year ago, Bush was cut and bruised when he sailed over the handlebars while
riding a mountain bike at his Texas ranch.
In 2003, he tried out a Segway, the standup, motorized scooter at the family's
seaside estate in Maine. It went down on his first attempt, but he stayed on his
feet with a flying leap over the machine. Undeterred, he got on again and
cruised around the driveway with his father.