Cyclist-Motorist Accident Injures Cyclist Representative Michael Skindell

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Thu, 08/16/2007 - 12:44.

I share everybody's horror about the accident and injuries to State Rep. Michael Skindell and am very glad to hear he's in the hospital and receiving appropriate care. From the description, the motorist is clearly at fault for cutting off the cyclist to make a left turn. It's certainly fortunate that the cyclist's helmet helped, but it's far better to stay out of accidents in the first place. This also presents an opportunity for public education, reminding motorists about cyclists' right to the road.  Share the Road, It's the Law.

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This is an opportunity to remind motorists that A cyclist, like other slower moving traffic, is directed under the law to ride towards the right side of the road, but only if it's safe to do so and is the direction the cyclist is going. If the right side of the road is riddled with glass, debris, potholes, a "turn only" lane or includes a parked car that may open a door, a cyclist should move to the center lane in order to operate safely.

There is a need for motorist education about cyclists' obligation use the roadway. Cyclists, other than young children, are operating vehicles under the laws of all 50 states, directed to use the roadway (other than freeways).

I am also very troubled by some of the posts on websites of major daily newspapers that suggest action, such as blaring horns or cutting off cyclists, is an appropriate message to cyclists lawfully riding in the roadway. 

Share the Road, It's the Law!
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