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Comments re: ACSO: Cyclist airlifted from scene of accident

By Kellis Booth

My initial response is concern for Hannah. She's a dear friend and advocate for cycling safety. She once wrote me an impassioned letter urging me to require my daughters wear a helmet even in our own yard. She loves cycling and wants people to be able to enjoy outdoor activities.

That said, moving from concern for her recovery I begin to feel anger. This intersection is dangerous. In the last ten years there have been three serious accidents that I am aware of. Beyond those, as a cyclist commuting to town, I've been run off the road by unaware drivers. One even returned a look through the mirror which made me suspect the "accident" in the event.

Furthermore, there was a video circulating that showed just how well people respect that stop sign. All the above considered I now ask what more is needed to bring about change? Not only at this intersection but across our county it is dangerous to go out for a bike ride. With the lack of shoulders, speeding drivers who also engage their phone often, and countless blind curves it's a wonder that there haven't been more accidents.

Now is the time of year people are getting out to exercise, taking leisure rides and going for jogs. Will we as a community do anything to protect them? I applaud the mayor for increasing the sidewalks in town and I wish something similar could be done in the county. Not sidewalks but bike lanes is one thing. More caution signs warning drivers of precarious corners?

I wish I had a simple solution but I don't so I digress. I just pray this doesn't happen again. --Kellis

This story was posted on 2020-05-10 09:21:28
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