Montgomery Bicycle Club offers safety tips after cyclist dies in crash

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – A 74-year-old Elmore County man died this week after being hit while riding a bicycle.

This is a reminder on bicycle safety for cyclists and drivers. The number of deaths from bicycle accidents has increased dramatically over the past decade.

“We hate every time something happens to someone, whether they’re on a bike, car or motorcycle,” says Robert Traphan, president of the Montgomery Bicycle Club.

Traphan says the road split is a two-way street; cyclists and motorists must respect each other. It reminds cyclists to be aware of their surroundings and to take steps to make themselves more visible.

“Wear high visibility clothing, have lighting,” he said.

As for car drivers, Traphan says space saves lives. Alabama law requires drivers to give at least three feet of clearance when passing a bike.

“If a vehicle can pass us in the next lane, as if crossing slow-moving traffic, it just gives us extra space to correct our course if there is debris or an obstacle in the road,” Traphan added. .

The Montgomery Bicycle Club will host its 20th annual Glassner Autumn Challenge. It emphasizes safety and awareness on the bike. The ride is named after Dr. Jim Glassner, a longtime proponent of cycling in Alabama. He was killed in a bicycle accident 21 years ago.

This year’s race is scheduled for October 22.

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