I just read this article, got a little upset and decided to post it here.
Beyond the tragic loss of a human being and fellow cyclist, what upsets me is the implication that bicycles somehow don't belong on the road...by a police officer that should know the law!
Read the details:
-The couple that were hit were riding in a wide shoulder.
-They were riding with cyclists in front of and behind them.
-This is a common route for local cyclists.
-The name of the driver is withheld. Why?
-The article states that no charges have been filed against the driver, implying the driver was without doubt at fault, yet not cited. Intentionally?
“This is a high speed roadway,” a deputy said. “People travel in excess of 50 miles an hour all the time, so any time you mix bicyclists with motor vehicles there’s defiantly a potential for some kind of hazard",
implying that it's stupid to drive a car where bicyclists ride or the inverse? Bikes can't do 50MPH, so I can guess. Oh, and the reporter strikes one of my peeves, using "defiantly" in place of "definitely". Get another job if you can't spell.
I'm really at a loss as to why that statement would be made. Are the police discouraging cycling or using the incident to make motorists more aware that they must watch out for bicycles on this stretch of old Route 66 that is a secondary route to Interstate 40 where bicycles are not allowed?
The way this was handled makes me think that if you wished to plan the perfect murder of a cyclist, just find out when they're riding and hit them with a car. It's quite likely you won't even receive a ticket. You may even get some sympathy from the police for sharing the road with such a foolish person that they dove underneath your wheels.