Bicycle Safety Expert Responds to Two Local Bike vs. Car Accidents
An accident in Pleasant Valley, Iowa sends another bicyclist to the hospital.
The Scott County Sheriff’s Department says it happened on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 on Highway 67 – or Great River Road – around 11:30am.
Officers say they are still investigating what exactly happened, but Lt. Tim Lane with the Scott County Sheriff’s Department says a car hit a bicyclist and the cyclist was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
This is the second bike vs. car accident this week in the Quad City area. The first one happened on Monday, August 12th, in Moline.
Donnie Miller, a Bicycle Safety Educator for the League of Illinois, has been cycling for 44 years. He says what may seem complicated when it comes to the “rules of the road” for bicyclists, it is actually very simple.
“Drive your bicycle like you’re in a car all the time,” says Donnie. “Think about that when you’re on the bike path, think about that when you’re on the roads.”
For cyclists, he says that means following the flow of traffic, stopping at stop lights and stops signs, and signaling any turns.
For drivers, Donnie says to avoid distractions, do not multi-task, and give bicycles the same room you would give any other vehicle.
“It’s imperative. It’s going to save your life.”
To learn more about what is legal/illegal, right/wrong when it comes to bicycles and cars sharing the road, click here for the League of American Bicyclists’ website.