Moving Toward Bicycle-Friendlyby , VP Advocacy
The first time I had a chance to read my e-mail after being in a vacation-imposed communication state of limbo, I was disheartened to read about one of our members, a cyclist on a club ride, being struck on River Road by a hit-and-run driver. I thank God that the resulting injuries seem to be minor in nature. I sincerely hope that the driver of the Hummer is caught and made to fully account and take responsibility for his or her actions.
I was attending a family reunion in Southern Indiana the day I returned from vacation. At its conclusion, I needed to go to an LBC Executive Committee meeting and I chose to cross the river via the Clark (2nd Street) Bridge. I was again disheartened when I saw that the on-road sharrow marking closest to the spot Chip Cronen was hit and killed, had been disfigured with multiple tire marks. These marks could only have been done purposely, caused by a driver repeatedly “peeling out” while on the sharrow marking. To me this wanton act seemed to be making a statement that there are drivers out there that still are hell bent on making certain that we do not accomplish our bicycle-friendly objectives.
This morning, I read an e-mail note on the LBC “listserv” (KyCycList mailing list) that I believe does an especially good job of summarizing my feelings. It was written by a fellow named Reece Bookout. I have never met the gentleman, but I feel strongly enough about what he said to repeat it here:
I would like to plead with the bicycle riding members and non-members to heed his words. We will only convert drivers, like the one in the Hummer on River Road and the demented individual that felt it necessary to desecrate the sharrows on the bridge, by going that extra mile to push defensive driving and opt for the safest option.
We’ll continue to do our part with our elected officials and police contacts. Let’s have the cycling public do their part to continue toward our bicycle-friendly objectives.
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