I’m 62 and have been riding a bicycle regularly for well over a half century. Like most of my cycling friends, I’ve had more than my share of “close encounters of the wrong kind” with motor vehicles.
I’m not fixing any blame or pointing any fingers because I know it works both ways. There are cyclists, just as there are motorists, who do not obey the rules of the road and leave a very negative impression on those of us who do.
With that said, this recent cycling accident is yet another example of a totally preventable tragedy that occurs on Kentucky streets and roads every single day. If we all would be just be a little more cautious and a little more courteous when we’re out there, and develop an understanding of what “share the road” means literally, then I believe our highways would be much safer, not only for motorists and cyclists, but also for the motorcycle riders, road crews, farmers, horse-drawn carriages, runners, walkers and everyone one else who has the legal right to use Kentucky’s unrestricted highways and byways.
Mike J. Kennedy