Three Shreveport/Bossier cyclists have been struck by cars this year. Two were critically injured, the thrid killed by the collision. The alarming number of incidents has some riders saying drivers need to pay more attention, and respect bicyclist's rights.
Ian Webb, owner of River city Cycling and Fitness on Youree Drive, says he personally knows several cyclists who have been hit by cars. He says the riders were all well prepared before riding: wearing helmets, usings lights and reflectors, and obeying all traffic laws. Webb believes unfocused drivers distracted by cell phones are putting safety-minded cyclists at risk.
Webb encourages all motorists to be conscientions of cyclists when driving. If a driver is forced to slow down because of a bike rider, she should not get upset. Instead she should be patient and keep her distance while passing. Likewise, bike riders should avoid the busiest streets, taking back routes with less traffic to minimize the risk of a collision.
Ultimately, Webb says, courtesy is needed on both sides to ensure a safe environment for riders and drivers alike. "If we take what we learned in driver's Ed. and combine it with what we learned in Sunday school, then we should be okay."