Spotlight on safety after cyclist killed

Apr 25, 2011 by admin

Spotlight on safety after cyclist killed

It seems we still have a long way to go when it comes to bike safety. An experience rider was killed Tuesday when he was struck in Charles North by a truck turning in his path. The full story is here.

The wife of the man, John R. Yates, said he was equipped with lights, horns and mirrows, but the truck driver apparantly didn’t see him. An average of eight cyclists die every year in Maryland, according to the State Highway Administration.

The accident is increasing calls for new laws to regulate driver and cyclist behavior, driver education and infrastructure improvements. Bike advocates say that the legislature needs to approve a bill to require drivers leave three feet of space when passing a bike.

B’More Green had blog entry the other day about how other states were approving such a buffer.

Think telling people to leave three feet will help? Is this an education thing?