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Old 06-16-14, 12:03 AM   #1
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24 yr old on cross-country trek for cancer killed while changing tire

College graduate, 24, struck and killed by pickup truck while on cross-country bike trek for cancer

"Five members of the contingent were on the side of a remote, winding two-lane country road about 30 miles north of Lexington at around 3.30 p.m. waiting for Roberts to change one of her tires when tragedy struck, according to reports."

Be careful not only when riding, but also when fixing a flat on roadside.
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Old 06-16-14, 12:58 AM   #2
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I don't know the particulars, especially whether those who were hit were on the road or not. Even if they were on the road, it doesn't absolve the driver, but at least it makes more sense.

The sad fact is that police and owners of broken down cars are hit and killed on a regular basis when stopped on the sides of roads. It's why people broken down on the side put out flares (even though they're in plain sight). It's also why construction areas use flagmen, advance warning signs, and lit barriers well in advance (and even then there are crashes).

Decades ago, I used to lead day and multi-day trips for an organization. Probably the number one phrase uttered by leaders over a season was "get off the road" because people would stop and bunch up on the roan instead of moving off to the side.

I feel bad for the group, and the families of friends of the victims, but there's a sad object lesson here. We're vulnerable enough when we're moving, there's no reason to be vulnerable when we're stopped.
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Old 06-16-14, 06:21 AM   #3
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I have been thinking about doing something like what she was doing. Because a dear friend was diagnosed with cancer recently.
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Many motorists in my locale tend to get complacent when driving on our rural roads, in that they must try and maintain the speed limit or higher whether the road or conditions will allow it or not, and their expectation in that the roadway will always be clear. This type of mentality could have been similarly used in this incident.
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The sad fact is that police and owners of broken down cars are hit and killed on a regular basis when stopped on the sides of roads.
Driving a tow truck is a very dangerous occupation also. Wife and I witnessed a tow truck driver being hit on a freeway. Saw the news later, and glad to see he survived, but was hurt really badly.

I have been on some hilly country roads where the just isn't room anywhere to change a flat. A mounted cyclist has a better chance of being seen than one changing a tube.

My thoughts go out to her family and friends.
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I have spent several years total doing cross country bike trips myself. There were a handful of very near misses while cycling on those types of roads and rattled nerves the rest of the time just knowing that the next vehicle around the bend is going to be one vehicle too many for the space allotted. My luck held out but just barely.

This just sucks for everybody. And she wasn't even riding the danged bike at the time.
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We have a roadway that is often used by cyclists riding between here and the coast that has an eight foot plus shoulder and clear views. A few years back, a cyclist was on the edge of that shoulder fixing a flat and was struck and killed by a motorist.

On those rare occasions when I get a flat, I try to stay attentive to where the cars are coming from. It's easy to get too focused on the job at hand and forget about the other things going on around us, like motorists who don't have the skill to maintain their lanes and the lack of effort by law enforcement to teach them.
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Some years back, as part of emergency scene management, we were trained by a very experienced NYPD Highway Patrol sergeant. His rule No.1 repeated dozens of times duing the course --- never turn your back on traffic.

So when I have to work on a bike by the side of the road, including off the road, I do so facing traffic. So far it hasn't made a difference, but like not sitting with your back to the door in a bar, it can't hurt.
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Driving a tow truck is a very dangerous occupation also. Wife and I witnessed a tow truck driver being hit on a freeway. Saw the news later, and glad to see he survived, but was hurt really badly.
A few years back, a local tow truck driver was hit on the side of the freeway, he ended up 150 ft from where he was initially hit, unfortunately there was no happy ending to this story.
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