Monday, May 10, 2010
Charlottesville Bicyclist Killed
Recently in Charlottesville, Virginia, a bicyclist was struck and killed by a city truck. The local newspaper, the Daily Progress followed up with an analysis of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries as a result of being hit by a car or a truck. The picture that is painted is depressing for an area that is considered to be bike-friendly and that has a good number of bike lanes. There a significant number of accidents between vehicles and bicyclists, as well as pedestrians. Unfortunately, the co-existence of cars and bikes on the road sometimes has fatal results and it is usually the bicyclist who suffers the injury. Hopefully, the publicity will increase the need for motorists to be aware of bicyclists and the need for bicyclists to be cautious, particularly when there is no bike lane for travel. With a little luck and increased vigilance, maybe we can avoid having such a tragedy repeated.