A man riding his bicycle on the sidewalk was struck and killed by an SUV in Arlington. It happened Sunday afternoon at Townsend Boulevard near Merrill Road. Police say the SUV was speeding. Authorities say the car then smashed into a nearby wall. The driver is currently at UF Health in critical condition.
It is tragic how many individuals cycling die after being hit by a car. A NHTSA study found that in 2011, 677 pedalcyclists were killed and an additional 48,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Pedalcyclist deaths accounted for 2 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities and made up 2 percent of the people injured in traffic crashes during the year. The number of pedalcyclists killed in 2011 is 9 percent higher than the 623 pedalcyclists killed in 2010.
Bicyclists need to remember that they are considered vehicle operators and they are required by law to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators. This includes obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings. Drivers of motor vehicles also need to remember that they are required by law to share the road with bicyclists.
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You should allow at least three feet clearance when passing a bicyclist on the road and be sure to look for cyclists before opening your car door or pulling out from a parking space. Drivers of vehicles should also yield to cyclists at intersection and be vigilient when making turns, either left or right. We all have the right to use the road – so let’s do so in a way that is safe for everyone!
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