Update 10/13/2014 We just learned that Anna-Maria Mostrom was taken off of life support by her family. She had been pronounced brain dead after being hit on her bike Wednesday by a bus on Roosevelt Island in NYC. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family.
How many cyclists have to die before our cities train employees how to navigate around cyclists? How many families have to mourn because our infrastructure forces cyclists into harm’s way? See the LilyDrive button at the bottom of this post for how you can help.
Original article, published August 14th, 2014. This was the founding post of our blog:
We just did a quick news search on “cyclist killed.” Guess what? We found stories on eight different cyclists who were run over and killed in the past two days. It’s funny (well, not funny) that we get our panties tied in knots over images of gun-toting Deliverance extras taking over some Cheesecake Factory but there are 240 million cars in the US, most of which are fired every day. Not all of them miss.
Cal Melnick was killed in Lawrence, Kansas on Wednesday. He was 66, and friends called him “metronome” because his wheel was the steadiest to follow, according to the Lawrence-Journal World. The driver of a pickup truck coming from the opposite direction was passing another vehicle and ran over Cal. Cal was a librarian.
Belgians practically invented cycling. Unfortunately, that did not help Paul Dupont, a Belgian in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A pickup truck swerved onto the shoulder and slammed into him. He died in a ditch.
Others who rode their bikes this for the last time this week: Matthew O’Neill, Luis Escobar, Jesus Frias, Joseph Gathambiri, James McCarthy, and an unnamed cyclist in Queens, NY.
Last year, Daniel Duane in the NYT commented on the commonplace and rarely-penalized occurrence of cars killing cyclists in the US in his article Is it OK to Kill Cyclists?
The solution? Yeah, cyclists need to ride safe. But in each of the eight articles above, there were no reports of dangerous cyclists, just lethal cars. We think the solution needs to be stiffer penalties, increased space and markings for cyclists, and mandatory training for drivers and city employees.
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