Louisville Bicycle Club

Louisville Bicycle Club Newsletter — May-June 1997

LBC Joins Forces with Crimestoppers

by Earl Jones

Just as the warm weather means more riding time, it also means an increase in the chances for cyclist-motorist collisions. In recent years, there have been too many times when these collisions have been hit-and-run incidents where the motorist has failed to stop and render assistance to the injured cyclist. It is a crime to fail to stop. In the worst of these cases, the cyclist has been killed. That is what happened in at least three instances over the last few years—in 1995, a cyclist was killed in the early morning hours on Shelbyville Road in St. Matthews; in 1996 a cyclist was killed when a motorist ran a red light on Payne St. and Lexington Rd.; and earlier this year a child was killed in Fairdale.

Our Club has decided to take affirmative steps to protect cyclists from the risks of hit-and-runs by increases public attention on such incidents in our community. Under a plan approved by the LBC Executive Committee, the Club, in cooperation with Crimestoppers, will issue a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any motorist involved in a hit-and-run accident with a cyclist.

Crimestoppers has indicated that the program will feature any Club-selected hit-and-run case in a televised re-enactment of the accident (and include a description in radio spots). We hope that this level of attention would, in addition to improving the chances of apprehending the responsible motorist, educate the community on the need for motorist vigilance as they share the road with cyclists and impress upon the community the serious nature of the crime.

This is one check we hope we never have to mail. But if the need does arise, the Club is ready to show its support of cycling and the rights of cyclists, whether or not they are members.

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